Chris Pond, the welfare minister responsible for the CSA until May, told The Observer that snooping powers used against benefit fraudsters - including surveillance missions on homes and workplaces, and the examination of fuel bills and credit card statements - must now be extended to parents under investigation by the CSA.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Child Support Agency to get new snooping powers
One of the problems of giving government agencies snooping powers is that there is endless pressure to expand them into new areas not contemplated under initial legislation. Powers justified for fighting terrorism are turned towards environmental protestors, arms trade campaigners and unruly pensioners. And now parents accused of underpaying child maintenance: