Benefit claimants are being warned to disclose changes in circumstances as part of a campaign aimed at cutting the £1.6bn-a-year cost of overpayments.{jcomments on}

Claimants in six pilot areas will be warned they could face a fine of up to £2,000 for not disclosing they have found a job or moved in with a partner.

The six-week campaign will use adverts, posters, social media and letters.

The pilot locations in England are Southwark and Hounslow in London, Blackburn, Blackpool and Epping Forest. The pilot is also going to run in Cardiff.

Sources at the DWP describe the new campaign - which also includes posters encouraging people to report suspected benefit fraud - as a "softer" approach.

Read the full story on the BBC website

Read the DWP press release here



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