Higher fines for benefits cheats

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Lord Freud
Lord Freud

Benefit cheats will be fined up to £2,000 without being taken to court under new powers, which the Government said will save the taxpayer around £42 million over the next three years.


Under changes brought in by the Welfare Reform Act in England, Scotland and Wales, minimum penalties will be £350, while cautions will no longer be an option.