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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department and its agencies have given to local authorities on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for tackling benefit fraud. (221274)

Specific guidance in the form of a fraud guidance circular was first issued to local authorities in September 2000, when the Act came into force. It has since been updated twice with further fraud guidance circulars issued in 2001 and 2003.

The Department's own Fraud Procedures and Instructions manual now has a specific section that details how both Department for Work and Pensions and local authority benefit fraud investigators should use the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. This guidance is made available for all local authority benefit fraud investigators through a secure website on the National Anti-Fraud Network.