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Social Security Fraud Act 2001

The measures in the Act

Penalties as an Alternative to Prosecution
  • Introduction of a new discretionary power which will allow DSS and authorities administering Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit to offer a financial administrative penalty to an employer as an alternative to prosecution;

  • Introduction of powers to facilitate closer working between DSS and authorities administering Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit in the operation of the administrative penalty system.

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