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Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the top 10 categories of most common frauds of the social security system for which convictions have been achieved in each of the last seven years.

Information is not kept in precisely this form. But among the commoner offences leading to prosecution and conviction in recent years have been: receiving benefit whilst having income from undeclared earnings; women falsely declaring their husband to be in desertion; women falsely declaring the constitution of their household; manipulation and wrongful encashment of Girocheques, false declarations in respect of home address and last payment of benefit received.