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The NHS is in crisis and yet Britain loses £300m in foreign aid to fraud without noticing…………….

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Hundreds of millions of pounds in overseas aid is lost to fraud every year undetected by the Department for International Development, an auditors’ report suggests.

Only 0.03 per cent of the £10 billion a year spent on aid is recorded as fraudulent by the department run by Priti Patel, even though it sends money to many of the world’s most corrupt countries. The implausibility of such low levels of fraud is spelt out by the National Audit Office in a report on waste in the aid budget.

Although the auditors do not attempt to quantify the scale of unreported fraud, they highlight that other agencies and departments admit to significantly higher levels of misused money. HMRC admits that 3 per cent of its budget is lost through fraud and the Department for Work and Pensions puts its fraud losses at 0.7 per cent. Both operate in Britain, considered one of…

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Is stress becoming the new whiplash? Law firms find another way to cash in on crashes

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Greedy law firms facing a crackdown on bogus whiplash injury claims are now encouraging car crash victims to seek compensation for stress.

Claims handlers have raked in millions of pounds by encouraging drivers to make exaggerated whiplash claims through no-win, no-fee lawyers. In many cases the victim hasn’t even suffered an injury.

But as the Government moves to make it harder for firms to cash in on whiplash claims, insurers are becoming increasingly concerned that stress caused by accidents may be the ‘new whiplash’. As the Government moves to make it harder for firms to cash in on whiplash claims, insurers are becoming increasingly concerned about stress related injuries

One company, Thompsons Solicitors, even claims on its website that more than one in five car crash victims suffer ‘acute stress syndrome’ triggered by horrific memories of an accident.

Paul Evans, chief executive of insurance company Axa, said: ‘In recent months we…

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