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Disability Living Allowance: Fraud

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions his Department has instigated for the fraudulent use of disability living allowance in each of the last five years; how many of these prosecutions were successful; and if he will make a statement. (123867)

The available information is in the following table.

Prosecutions for disability living allowance related fraud

Number of prosecutions

Number of convictions

2001-02

68

97

2002-03

85

90

2003-04

60

80

2004-05

86

106

2005-06

198

195

Notes:

1. The figures include prosecutions for benefit and instrument of payment related fraud.

2. The figures for number of prosecutions do not include General Matching Service cases.

3. The figures for the number of convictions include General Matching Service cases.

Source:

1. Number of prosecutions from Fraud Information by Sector.

2. Number of convictions from Disability and Carer's Service Operational Intelligence Unit.

The Disability and Carers Service, the agency responsible for administering disability living allowance (DLA), is committed to reducing fraud and error in DLA.

All allegations of benefit fraud are carefully considered and, where appropriate, referred for investigation to the Fraud Investigation Service.