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Benefit Fraud

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what system is in place for making decisions as to whether allegations of benefit fraud should be investigated; and if he will make a statement. [113492]

All allegations of benefit fraud, from whatever source, are sent to Referral Managers located in each regional Operational Intelligence Unit. An unbiased risk scoring system is applied for prioritising referrals made to the Department's investigators. Cases that are not investigated as potential benefit fraud are referred to other staff to consider whether other, non-investigative, interventions are required.