New fraud and error powers

The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 will introduce a number of tougher measures to punish and deter anyone who seeks to commit benefit fraud.

New fraud and error powers

The new powers, introduced by welfare changes will:

  • introduce an administrative penalty of £350 in cases of attempted benefit fraud
  • increase rates of administrative penalties providing for a minimum penalty of £350 up to a maximum penalty of £2,000
  • enhance loss of benefit provisions for those people who have committed fraud and who have either accepted to pay an administrative penalty or been prosecuted via the courts
  • introduce an immediate three year loss of benefit for the most serious/organised fraud cases and repeat offenders

These measures build on the powers already used by our Single Investigation Service which takes a proactive approach to detecting benefit fraud.


To date, this has not been introduced in Northern Ireland. This information is provided for information purposes only.

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