Benefit fraudsters could get up to ten years in jail

Mon, 16/09/2013 - 13:42 -- nick

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced an increase in maximum jail terms for those convicted of benefit and tax credit fraud.

Despite its rarity - only 0.7% of welfare payments are lost to fraud - the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, says that it is time for a "tough stance".

The fact that fraud has been getting rarer suggests both that the change is unnecessary, and that it has been prompted by the government and newspapers' increasingly hard line on all benefits.

Job applicants may no longer have to include all convictions

Wed, 30/01/2013 - 12:51 -- nick

Jobseekers may no longer have to include all their criminal convictions in any employment application they make.

A ruling by the Court of Appeal said it was “disproportionate” to require job applicants to disclose all previous records, including spent offences.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, plans to appeal this decision, believing it could put children at risk by making it harder to get all relevant information. Her spokesperson said:

“We are disappointed by this judgement and are seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.


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