Under changes brought in by the Welfare Reform Act in England, Scotland and Wales, minimum penalties will be £350, while cautions will no longer be an option. Other penalties coming into effect include an immediate 3 year loss of benefit for serious or organised benefit fraud or identity fraud.
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