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Social Security Benefits

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many apparent benefit claimants also appear on the mortality and bereavement register; and how much has been paid in benefits to such claimants in each of the last four years. (257252)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The Department for Work and Pensions has arrangements in place to receive daily notification of death registration data from the Office for National Statistics. Such data are then matched against benefit and pension records to identify deaths which have not otherwise been reported direct to the Department for Work and Pensions. The Department for Work and Pensions does not collect information about the number or amount of overpayments identified from this specific source of data matching.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people referred to welfare to work providers have subsequently been found to appear on the mortality and bereavement register in each of the last four years. (257253)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The Department for Work and Pensions has arrangements in place to receive daily notification of death registration data from the Office for National Statistics. Such data are then matched against benefit and pension records to identify deaths which have not otherwise been reported direct to the Department for Work and Pensions.

We do not cross reference our information with the mortality and bereavement register.