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Bereavement Benefits

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid in bereavement benefits due to (i) fraud and (ii) error in each of the last five years. (133912)

The information is not available in the format requested. For details of the amount of overpayment in bereavement benefit and widow’s benefits combined, due to official error, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 18 April 2007, Official Report, columns 697-700W.

There are no reliable estimates of the amount of underpayment in these benefits.