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Social Security Fraud Act 2001

The measures in the Act

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  • Introduction of additional powers to obtain information from specified private and public sector organisations to tackle benefit fraud and error;

  • A measure which provides the authority for DSS to supply information to countries outside of the UK in line with agreed arrangements, where those countries have adequate safeguards against improper use of that information;

  • Changing the requirement on authorities administering Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit to supply information to DSS, the Northern Ireland Department or other authorities from one based in regulations to one based on directions.

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