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Less fraud among Zwolle homeless

6 June 2007 - Homeless social assistance recipients in Zwolle commit fraud less frequently than in Amsterdam, the mayor of Zwolle H.J. Meijer suspects. The municipality has a liaison who is responsible for communication between the welfare agency and shelters for the homeless.

In April, alderwoman Hennah Buyne announced that inspections had been carried out among the Amsterdam homeless, resulting in fourteen percent of benefits being terminated. The Zwolle VVD wanted to know whether this outcome was a reason for tighter control in the province town.

This is not necessary, finds Meijer (photo). Amsterdam had neglected enforcement, whereas Zwolle is very alert, the mayor said. The focus is on prevention and on discouraging fraud by publicising inspections. In addition, files are compared and social assistance recipients’ houses are searched.


UPDATE 9 June 2007 - The Amsterdam welfare agency forces homeless people to sleep on the streets. They are afraid to go to shelters, because they might miss an inspection and lose their benefit, Willemijn Los of drugs users organisation MDHG told het Parool. The welfare agency denies that it forces people to sleep on the streets.


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