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Supplementary Benefit Claims

Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether she will take steps to prevent the prosecution of people on supplementary benefit who have claimed too much under the erroneous impression that the earnings disregard had been raised, as promised in the October 1974 Budget, immediately following the Chancellor's Statement.

No such steps are needed. My Department does not prosecute a person unless we are satisfied that he has made a false statement with deliberate intent to defraud.