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Jobseeker's Allowance

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action can be taken to stop jobseeker's allowance being paid to people serving prison sentences. (91975)

There are robust processes in place for preventing jobseeker's allowance overpayments to prisoners. However, where jobseeker's allowance overpayments do occur, the data that we receive from the Prison Service identify those who have failed to notify us that they have been committed to prison. We then take action to stop benefit and recover the overpayment.