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Social Security Benefits

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in benefit payments to residents of (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) England in (i) 1980, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2001, (iv) 2005 and (v) 2008. (289406)

The requested information is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of benefit claimants whose benefit entitlement was incorrectly assessed in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. (289766)

The Department's measurement system for fraud and error does not estimate the number or proportion of cases of fraud or error over a given period.

It does, however, provide estimates of the average proportion and number of claims that are fraudulent or in error at any one time during a year for income support, jobseeker's allowance and pension credit. Estimates are also produced for housing benefit, but only on the proportion of claims that are fraudulent or in error at any one time during a year.

The available information is provided in the following tables.

Estimates of average proportion and number of incorrect cases in Income Support at any one time

Average number incorrect (thousand)

Average proportion incorrect (percentage)

2005-06

380

18.2

2006-07

330

16

2007-08

298

14.7

Notes:

The average number incorrect has been rounded to the nearest thousand.

Source:

Supplementary tables to National Statistics publication series “Fraud and Error in the Benefit System”

Estimates of average proportion and number of incorrect cases in Jobseeker's Allowance at any one time

Average number incorrect (thousand)

Average proportion incorrect (percentage)

2005-06

61

7.8

2006-07

68

8.2

2007-08

46

6.3

Notes:

The average number incorrect has been rounded to the nearest thousand.

Source:

Supplementary tables to National Statistics publication series “Fraud and Error in the Benefit System”

Estimates of average proportion and number of incorrect cases in Pension Credit at any one time

Average number incorrect (thousand)

Average proportion incorrect (percentage)

2005-06

984

35.6

2006-07

945

34.8

2007-08

1,001

36.8

Notes:

The average number incorrect has been rounded to the nearest thousand.

Source:

Supplementary tables to National Statistics publication series “Fraud and Error in the Benefit System”

Estimate; of average proportion of incorrect cases in Housing Benefit any one time

Average proportion incorrect (percentage)

2005-06

18.7

2006-07

14.4

2007-08

13.2

Source:

Supplementary tables to National Statistics publication series “Fraud and Error in the Benefit System”