Author Topic: Changes to Fraud Loss of Benefit Penalties from 1 April 2013.  (Read 778 times)

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"The Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs have made changes to current legislation to impose tougher penalties on people who commit benefit fraud."

"These changes will ensure that we are tougher on those who commit benefit fraud and that persistent offending will not be tolerated."
 
"Presently, certain benefits can be reduced or removed entirely if a claimant, their partner or family member is convicted of a benefit fraud offence or accepts an administrative penalty in respect of such an offence."

"From April 2013, the Fraud Loss of Benefit Penalty regime is being strengthened further to make the penalties tougher for those convictions where the offence has been wholly committed on or after 1 April 2013."

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/adviser/updates/changes-fraud-loss-of-benefit.shtml

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The duration of the Loss of Benefit penalty will be 3 years where three benefit fraud offences have been committed within a set time period, with the third resulting in a conviction.

That is hot air and propaganda, as was shown when this was first suggested in a response to a freedom of information request, NO-ONE has ever committed fraud for third time after being caught, only handful have been caught twice.