Increased benefit cheat prison sentences 'perverse'
16 September 2013 Last updated at 12:50 BST
New guidelines which will see benefit cheats face prison sentences of up to 10 years are "pretty perverse", according to a newspaper columnist.
The Independent's Owen Jones says the greater focus should instead be on issues such as corporate tax avoidance and the Libor-fixing scandal.
He said: "I think it's pretty perverse when you're going to end up in a situation where paedophiles, rapists and murders are going to have lower sentences than people who commit benefit fraud."