(2) how much was lost through benefit fraud in each local authority area in each of the last five years; and how much of that money has subsequently been recovered.
The information is not available broken down by local authority area.
For the available national information on prosecutions, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave on 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1187W, to the hon. Member for Ilford, North (Mr. Scott); for the available national information on levels of fraud, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave on 18 April 2007, Official Report, columns 697-98W, to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws).
The most recent available information is contained in the DWP report “Fraud and Error in the Benefit System—April 2005 to March 2006” copies of which are available in the Library.
The report is also available online at: