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Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was overpaid in benefits through (a) fraud and (b) error in the category of (i) full-time earnings, (ii) part-time earnings, (iii) dependants, (iv) capital, (v) income, (vi) living together as husband and wife, (vii) identity errors, (viii) address errors, (ix) housing, (x) benefits, (xi) abroad, (xii) hospitalisation, (xiii) maintenance, (xiv) non-dependants, (xv) prison and (xvi) any other category in each year since 1997 for which information is available. (226224)

The information requested is not available in the exact manner requested or at all for 1997-98 and 1999-2000. The available information responds to the Member's request as far as is possible and has been placed in the Library.

The available information can also be found in the National Statistics reports on Fraud and Error in the Benefit System available at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd2/fraud_error.asp