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Criminals to have weekly benefits docked by up to £25 to pay fines

As a response to the riots, David Cameron will announce plans to increase maximum weekly court payment by fivefold.

People on benefits who are fined in court could face a fivefold increase in the amount docked from their weekly payments to cover the penalty, David Cameron will announce on Saturday as the government response to the riots is intensified.
Under the plans, the maximum weekly payment taken from benefit payments to pay off fines will rise from £5 to £25.

Cameron has been pressing hard for a series of measures to crack down on benefit recipients who commit crimes in the wake of the disturbances. Figures from the Ministry of Justice showed that more than a third of those who appeared in court after the riots were on benefits, including more than 200 on disability benefits.

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