What will happen if I falsify my expenses?

Deliberate falsification of expenses is fraud. You would be committing a criminal offence and risking a criminal prosecution.

It is also a serious breach of trust and confidence, even if the amounts are small. Deliberate falsification of your expenses would almost certainly justify summary dismissal by the employer. Of course, the employer must still follow the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (PDF, 1.63MB) when carrying out any dismissal.

Your employer must also follow its own disciplinary procedure where it is more generous than the Acas Code.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.