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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the average annual sum lost as a result of benefit fraud in Alicante; what the objectives of her Department’s campaign against benefit fraud in Alicante are; and if she will make a statement. (277049)

Information relating to the annual sum lost as a result of benefit fraud in Alicante is not available.

There are estimated to be over a million British people living in Spain, and while the vast majority are law abiding citizens, there will unfortunately be a small minority committing benefit fraud. The objectives of our campaign in Spain are:

To raise awareness of fraud abroad; and,

to track down benefit thieves abroad.