New ID checks being introduced for welfare claimants

Stricter identity checks are being introduced at post offices around the country in a new crackdown on social welfare fraud by people living outside the State.

People collecting payments will have to show a valid photo ID such as a driving licence or passport to prove their identity.

The move follows a recent investigation of more than 2,000 claimants which resulted in one in 10 having their claims suspended.


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