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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many benefits claimants were prosecuted for fraudulently claiming an amount (a) less and (b) more than £103,000 in each year since 1997; (181386)

(2) how many benefits claimants were imprisoned for fraudulently claiming an amount (a) less and (b) more than £103,000 in each year since 1997.

The information is not available in the format requested as it is not centrally collated.

The Department does hold figures for the total number of prosecutions and the total number of people imprisoned, but these are not centrally available broken down by the amount of the overpayment and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.