August 2012 - £50 Penalties for Claimant Error
New regulations have been issued that provide for the introduction of a £50 penalty in cases of claimant error.
From 1 October 2012, the DWP or local authorities can impose a £50 penalty in the event of a claimant –
Making an incorrect statement or representation or negligently giving incorrect information or evidence in connection with a claim for or award of a relevant social security benefit without taking reasonable steps to correct it of
Failing, without reasonable excuse, to provide information or evidence about a claim for or award of a relevant social security benefit in accordance with requirements imposed by an appropriate authority or
Failing, without reasonable excuse, to notify the appropriate authority of a relevant change of circumstances relating to an award of a relevant social security benefit
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