Exclusive - Calls for education as cheats targeted

The insurance industry and the Government have united to create a new weapon to hit fraudsters who are claiming benefits.

Under the new scheme, personal-injury claims will be electronically referred to a dedicated benefit-office operation in the north-east of England, which will cross-check claimants against a list of benefit recipients - and root out cheats.

The Government believes the scheme will prove a winner with the Benefits Agency and the industry, as the system will enable insurers to

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