Tougher penalties for benefit crooks welcomed by social landlord
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Legal
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Guinness South has welcomed government proposals to increase jail terms for benefit cheats to up to 10 years.
With data from the Audit Commission revealing that housing tenancy fraud cost social landlords nearly £1.8 billion last year, the 17,000-home provider's tenancy investigations manager, Daniel Helps, said the new tougher stance can only help towards deterring cheats.
“Benefit fraud is a crime that costs every honest household in the UK,” said Mr Helps. “Benefit fraud often goes hand-in-hand with housing tenancy fraud, which we take very seriously. I welcome these tougher sentences and will continue to work jointly with local authorities and the Department for Work and Pensions to tackle housing and benefit fraud where these offences are present in Guinness South properties.”
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