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Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department and its agencies. (253589)

DWP and local authorities offer administrative penalties as an alternative to prosecution for benefit fraud. The amount of the administrative penalty is set in legislation (Section 115A of the Social Security Administration Act 1992) as 30 per cent. of the amount of the overpayment.