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Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many overpayments of each type of benefit were made to claimants in (a) Eastbourne and (b) the UK in the last 12 months. (257207)

The information is not available for claimants in Eastbourne. Information in relation to how many overpayments of each type of benefit in the UK is in the following table. The information is not available in the format that covers the last 12 months, but is broken down for the year April 2007 to March 2008, and then from April to December 2008 inclusive.

The data include all identified overpayments, including those classified as fraud, customer error and official error.

Volumes of overpayments by benefit

2007-08

2008 April to December

Attendance Allowance

127,894

97,829

Bereavement Allowance

480

309

Carers Allowance

25,865

14,126

Constant Attendance Allowance

26

11

Disability Living Allowance

53,427

42,107

Employment and Support Allowance

0

7

Incapacity benefit

81,200

47,498

Industrial Death benefit

280

205

Industrial Injuries benefit

137

64

Industrial Injuries Disablement benefit

4,982

3,152

Income Support

402,834

225,232

Invalidity Benefit

76

19

Job Seekers Allowance

181,974

80,649

Maternity Allowance

646

681

Pension Credit

136,031

112,466

Retirement Allowance

53

72

Reduced Earnings allowance

109

173

State Pension

229,608

168,596

Severe Disablement Allowance

1,454

1,058

Winter Fuel payments

403

1,205

Widowed Mothers allowance

427

195

Widows pension

715

516

Widowed parents allowance

1,127

895

Christmas Bonus

6,178

3,746

Others

424

18

Total

1,256,350

1800,829

1 Data for April to December 2008 do not include small overpayments that are not deemed cost effective to pursue. These were recorded separately during this period and cannot be broken down by benefit. They totalled 267,632 for this period.

Note:

Data for April to December 2008 are indicative only.