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Jobcentre Plus

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Benefits Agency staff and (b) Jobcentre Plus staff have been (i) disciplined, (ii) suspended, (iii) dismissed, (iv) prosecuted and (v) convicted for matters relating to benefit fraud in 2002–03; and how much benefit was defrauded in each case. [112331]

Information is not available in the exact format requested. Such information as is available is shown in the table. The table shows the value of fraud where known, and the outcome of the investigation where the member of staff was disciplined, dismissed, prosecuted or convicted. Where an amount is not shown in the table, either it has been not been possible to determine a value, or the overpayment is still being calculated.The functions of the former Benefits Agency were subsumed into Jobcentre Plus, The Pension Service and the Disability and Carers Service from March 2002. All the staffwho were disciplined or prosecuted for these matters were Jobcentre Plus staff.The Department treats most seriously any allegations that a member of staff is involved in benefit fraud, and refers appropriate cases for prosecution and disciplinary action.In addition to these cases, a further four members of staff resigned before action was completed.

Staff disciplined/prosecuted for involvement in benefit fraud

2002–2003
OutcomeValue

(£s)
Officer dismissed5,300
Officer dismissed
Written reprimand and banned from progression for two years1,807
Officer dismissed
Officer prosecuted and sentenced to 27 months in prison135,000
Officer dismissed and prosecuted with custodial sentence2,666
Officer dismissed, prosecution pending2,600