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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) prosecutions and (b) sanctions for benefit fraud there were in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by benefit. (156915)

Information is not available regarding the number of benefit fraud sanctions broken down by benefit for both DWP and local authorities. Information is not available for the number of prosecutions by local authorities broken down by benefit. The available information regarding the number of prosecutions by DWP broken down by benefit is in the following table:

Benefit fraud prosecutions by DWP broken down by benefit 2006-07BenefitNumber of casesDisability Living Allowance229Carers Allowance36Incapacity Benefit509Income Support3,345Contributory Jobseeker’s Allowance31Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance718Pension Credit56Retirement Pension7Training Allowances4 Bereavement Benefits7Council Tax Benefit824Housing Benefit821Others51Notes:1. The figures do not include General Matching Service cases.2. There is a potentially some overlap in the figures. For example, someone prosecuted for an offence related to their claim for income support or jobseeker’s allowance may also be counted in the figures for incapacity benefit, housing benefit or council tax benefit. For this reason, the figures cannot be added up to calculate the total number of prosecutions.3. Figures are for prosecutions not convictions.4. Although DWP do not administer housing benefit and council tax benefit, cases prosecuted by DWP where the recipient also receives housing benefit or council tax benefit are recorded.5. Local authorities also prosecute offences where housing benefit and council tax benefit are in payment. However, these are not available broken down by benefit.Source: Fraud Information By Sector computer system.