Five billion pounds. They are quite specific. That is what fraudulent benefit claims are costing us.

What I am struggling to comprehend is that to know the ‘how much’ they surely have to know the ‘who’?

Just stop paying them!

Or, perchance, is this yet more populist soundbites knowing full well that middle-England will love any assault on the perceived ‘scroungers’, and all that will really happen is what has started in the last couple of years.

The genuinely disabled will be turned down for their benefit as a matter of policy and will be forced through a complicated and worrying tribunal process just to get what is rightfully theirs reinstated.

Let’s pick on the weakest David, shall we? The easy targets. That’ll make the figures look good.