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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants were prosecuted for falsely declaring income in each year since 1997, broken down by type of benefit. (181388)

Information regarding the number of people prosecuted for falsely declaring income is not available for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit claims. The information regarding DWP administered benefits is unavailable by benefit type and is not available prior to 2005.

The available information is in the table.

Number of claimants prosecuted for falsely declaring income in DWP administered benefits

Number of claimants





Notes: 1. “Prosecuted” means those accepted by the Department for prosecution. 2. DWP administered benefits include Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Pension Credit, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Carer's Allowance. Source: Fraud Information by Sector