Reply To: Collusive Separation

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irene lowe
Participant

I remember this term from my fraud days some years ago, from my recollection it derived from the DWP’s collusive desertion and is much as Peter describes it – in my own experience i have found couples who have are having financial difficulties and have found it cost effective to separate in order that one of the parties can claim benefits whilst the other works to pay off their debts – in a similar senario couples choose but not to L/T as again one of the parties have debts/loans which they could not afford if they lived together – the other would lose benefit.
Did have one case where the husband worked on the gas rigs in the North Sea whilst his wife claimed income support -did not find this out till they tried to purchase their large council house under the “right to buy”, in cash!! but to all intents and purposes she claimed they had separated.