representingthemambo:

A truly spiteful move. As the piece says, it is hard to see this as anything other than a cynical revenue raising exercise.

Originally posted on Birmingham Against The Cuts:

From today, benefit claimants who make a mistake on their forms that leads to an overpayment can be fined £50 for it.. and before you ask, no, if the DWP make a mistake they aren’t going to give you £50.

The new rules state:

A new Civil Penalty of £50 is being introduced for claimants who incur an overpayment caused by:

  • either (a) negligently making incorrect statements and failing to take reasonable steps to correct the error
  • or (b) failing, without reasonable excuse, to provide information or to disclose changes in their circumstances.

The penalty will only be for cases of claimant error. If the claimant is successfully prosecuted for a fraud or offered an administrative penalty or caution they cannot then be issued with a Civil Penalty for the same offence.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will impose a Civil Penalty where appropriate whilst for Local…

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  1. Robert
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 17:13:52

    Over the years the DWP have made more mistake then I’ve ever made, yet when I helped down at the local charity, people especially the confused or the people who do not know the system will make mistakes especially with some of the most daft and complicated forms.

    But nothing surprises me anymore.

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