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Fraud: Unemployment Benefits

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for offences related to fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits there were in (a) England, (b) the East of England, (c) Essex and (d) Castle Point in each of the last 10 years. (289152)

I have been asked to reply.

Information relating to the number of convictions for offences relating to fraudulent claims for jobseeker’s allowance is not available.

However, information is available for the number of people convicted for benefit fraud cases for all Department for Work and Pensions-administered benefits in each of the last five years. I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave on 14 July 2009, Official Report, column 289W, to the hon. Member for North Down (Lady Hermon).