No plans by Govt to hire private debt collectors over welfare fraud

No plans by Govt to hire private debt collectors over welfare fraud

The Social Protection Minister, Joan Burton, has said there are no plans by her department to hire in private debt collectors to chase after welfare fraud.

Ms Burton said welfare overpayments and fraud are already being collected through a change in legislation last year.

Earlier, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said all Government departments have a remit to collect all money that is owed to them.

Minister Burton said her department are already working hard on collecting money that is owed to them.

Ms Burton said: "I am very conscious of the fact that, in terms of the budgetary pressures on the department, recovering as much as possible of money that, for instance, has been overpaid or money which has been scammed from the department, that it is very important to send out a message about recovery."

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