The benefits system has been more diligent in prosecuting benefit fraud cases as their Department for Work & Pensions has put a much greater emphasis on their expenditure. This means prosecuting those individuals with apparent benefit fraud in order to tighten their belt against wasted funds.
There are many different types of benefits. The most common are as follows:
- Income Support (IS);
- Job Seekers Allowance (JSA);
- Employment & Support Allowance (ESA);
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
- Incapacity Benefit (IB);
- Housing Benefit (HB); and
- Council Tax Benefit (CTB).
As there are many types of benefits, the rules can be very difficult and complex for each, especially when personal circumstances change from time-to-time. The law accounts for this and consequentially will not press charges on those individuals who can prove that they were not aware that they had committed benefit fraud.
Benefit fraud sentencing may depend on the court which hears your case. Many are of the belief that a Crown Court is a better option for the defendant, as opposed to a magistrates court, because a jury may be more sympathetic than a district judge.
Benefit fraud charges are different from benefit overpayments by way of circumstance. Benefit overpayment is when you receive more funds than you are supposed to receive because you had a change of circumstance. In order to be successfully charged with benefit fraud, they must prove that you deliberately did not disclose your new circumstances in order to fraudulently receive more benefits.
At Bloomsbury Law, we understand that this may be a difficult time. We appreciate that you may be discouraged by the fact that all you are only trying to claim is what you are entitled to, all the while having to fight for those basic entitlements. We recognize that benefits are a variable asset in many people’s lives which help them continue with their day to day activities. If you are a suspect of benefit fraud, please contact one of our specialists at Bloomsbury Law. We hold an approach of compassionate professionalism and can assure you we will answer any queries that you have and advise you accordingly once we are instructed.
Recent changes to Legal Aid have meant that funding is now very limited for criminal cases, we do not feel that it is possible to represent clients to the standard that we would think is necessary and therefore, we do not therefore offer Legal Aid.
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