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Specialist Claims Control

Volume 80: debated on Thursday 13 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the number and percentage of those claimants whose benefits were adjusted as a result of inquiries carried out by specialist claims control teams, who thereafter returned to claiming benefit in full.

The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many officers there are in Scotland, working either full-time or part-time, as members of specialist claims control teams; and what is his estimate of the annual cost in salaries and expenses of specialist claims control teams in Scotland.

During the year ended 12 March 1985 16·6 man years were used on specialist claims control in Scotland, at a cost of approximately £295,000.