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Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions where the “Risking It All—Targeting Benefit Thieves” newsletter has been distributed to; how it was decided where to deliver them; and what the cost was. (196931)

The “Risking It All” door drop forms part of the wider Targeting Benefit Thieves campaign to reduce benefit fraud amongst DWP customers. Tackling benefit fraud is an ongoing priority for the Department—in all benefits, we currently estimate that benefit fraud costs the country a total of £0.8 billion each year.

The campaign is targeted at 50 local authority areas across England, Scotland and Wales with the highest numbers of working age benefit claimants. The newsletter was distributed in 27 of those local authority areas:

Birmingham

Bradford

Brent

Brighton and Hove

Bristol

Cardiff

Coventry

Edinburgh

Glasgow

Greenwich

Hackney

Haringey

Hull

Lambeth

Leicester

Liverpool

Newcastle

Newham

North Lanarkshire

Nottingham

Rhondda Cynon Taff

Sefton

Southwark

Stoke on Trent

Sunderland

Wigan

Wirral

The newsletter activity is part of the benefit fraud campaign and is still ongoing. Final spend figures for 2007-08 are not yet available—estimated costs for the newsletter are £235,000.