From the TUC

Fines for filling in forms incorrectly

17 Feb 2011, by in Society & Welfare

Got it wrong on your claim form?

That’ll be £50 please.

The Welfare Reform Bill will introduce fines for “incorrect statements and failures to disclose information.” The Telegraph says they will be set at £50 – more than three quarters of weekly benefit for a single person on JSA.

The penalty will apply to people who “negligently provide incorrect information.” How are claimants going to show they weren’t negligent? And how will Jobcentre Plus prove they were?  This just looks like the main point is to add an extra layer of uncertainty and insecurity to the whole process of aplying for benefits.

One Response to Fines for filling in forms incorrectly

  1. Hindle-a
    Feb 17th 2011, 11:32 pm

    It is to provoke fear to dissuade people to even claim-this is an atrocious idea given that staff make frequent errors and Government lies constantly without shame.