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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful prosecutions his Department provided evidence for in the last 12 months on cases involving (a) false representations for claiming benefit and (b) dishonest representations for claiming benefit. (144082)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were (a) charged with and (b) found guilty of benefit fraud in each local authority area in each of the last 10 years; (144142)

(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).

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest available rates of combined fraud and error were for each of his Department’s administered benefits for the latest year for which information is available. (144905)

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:

www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd2/fem/fem_apr05_mar06.pdf