Policy paper

Penalties policy for social security fraud and error

DWP's policy on benefit fraud and the penalties we will impose.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This document sets out the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP’s) policy for:

  • the action we will take when we suspect benefit fraud
  • penalties we will impose when an overpayment occurs because of a claimant’s error
Published 27 January 2015