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Benefit Fraud

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many suspected cases of benefit fraud were (a) referred to and (b) investigated by his Department in each year since 1997. (73444)

The information is in the following table:

Benefit fraud referrals and investigations by DWP

Referrals received

Referrals accepted for investigation

1997-98

1,363,608

925,501

1998-99

1,332,367

923,853

1999-2000

887,788

564,543

2000-01

748,486

441,368

2001-02

667,449

389,633

2002-03

571,561

334,974

2003-04

533,062

325,706

2004-05

488,835

309,343

2005-06

458,012

311,161

Notes:

1. Referrals accepted for investigations exclude General Matching Service cases.

2. Figures are a total of benefit fraud and instrument of payment fraud.

Source:

Fraud Information by Sector system and data from the Fraud Investigation Service, Organised.