We're taking a much dimmer view of benefit cheats – after all it's us that's being cheated
Well done to North Lincolnshire Council's fraud-busters on clawing back a record sum of illegally claimed benefit last year.
A perceived "benefit culture" that some believe surrounds large parts of our population is one that's guaranteed to evoke strong passions.
Some people in work are angered by the income gained by some of the benefit recipients.
Those on benefits will point out they are rightly entitled to them.
But what about those people who have their cake and eat it. The ones who claim benefits they are not entitled to, often because they are actually working.
As years go on, society is taking a dimmer and dimmer view about benefit cheats – after all it's society that's being cheated.
The fraudsters are cheating the system and leaving law-abiding taxpayers to pick up the bill.
Last year £530,134 was recovered, made up of £382,469 in overpaid housing benefit and £147,665 in overpaid council tax.
And the figure soared to more than £939,000 when joint investigations with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) were taken into account.
The investigations led to 29 successful prosecutions in the courts and 81 cautions or administrative penalties.
This sends out a clear message that the authorities are actively pursuing benefit cheats.
And the crackdown shows no signs of easing up.
Last year, tip-offs from the public prompted 256 cases.
So if you know someone who is committing benefit fraud, pick up the phone and make that call.
After all, it's you who's having to pay for the fraudsters to live a lifestyle they are not entitled to.
And, it's you, and rightful claimants, who suffer.