From today, Ministers will be able to fine benefit cheats up to £​2,000, with a minimum penalty of £​350 without having to take them to court. This measure, part of the Welfare Reform Act, is expected to save the taxpayer an estimated £​42 million over the next three years.

Low level fraudsters will now face these additional financial penalties alongside paying back any money they have stolen. Cautions will no longer be an option, meaning no fraudster escapes without punishment.


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