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Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Section 105: False representations

320.This section makes it an offence for a person to give information that he knows to be false, with a view to obtaining assistance under Part VI of the Act for himself or any other person. It also extends to failures to give information about a change in circumstances that might be relevant to the provision of support. Regulations made under Schedule 8 may require people to notify the Home Office of any change in circumstances within a reasonable period. The penalty for such an offence is a fine of up to £2,000, or three months’ imprisonment.

321.This, and subsequent provisions in relation to offences and recovery (sections 106, 107, 112, 113 and 127) have similar wording to the relevant provisions in social security legislation; in this case the corresponding provision is section 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 (“the 1992 Act”).

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