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Social Security Benefits

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to a contemporaneous assessment of the effects on genuine claimants of lie detector tests for applicants for housing and council tax benefit. (241566)

The Department for Work and Pensions is funding 25 local authority pilots of Voice Risk Analysis in housing and council tax benefit as part of wider efforts to improve customer service and reduce fraud. Evaluation of these pilots will include independent social research to determine the impact on customers’ behaviour.