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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in England and Wales have been prosecuted for benefit fraud on (a) more than one occasion and (b) more than two occasions in each of the last three years. (314575)

Information on the number of people in England and Wales prosecuted for benefit fraud on more than one occasion and more than two occasions in each of the last three years is not available.

Information is available for convictions during 2006-07 in cases where benefit fraud has been committed on more than one or more than two occasions. The available information is in the table:

Number

Number of people convicted where benefit fraud committed on:

more than one occasion

104

more than two occasions

0

Options for collating this data more systematically are kept under review subject to cost effectiveness.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which countries persons living abroad who are identified as having perpetrated benefit fraud reside. (316365)

UK nationals can, in certain circumstances, continue to receive some benefits while abroad, others will cease immediately. The Department for Work and Pensions is reminding people in the latest targeting fraud campaign and in leaflets of their responsibility to tell us if they are going abroad.

In addition we are increasing the number of countries with which we have arrangements for closer working and data sharing and employing Department for Work and Pensions officers based abroad.

Recent investigations have identified evidence of fraud in 51 cases in the following countries:

Australia

Austria

Bahrain

Bulgaria

Canada

Cyprus

Eire

France

Greece

Holland

India

Italy

New Zealand

Pakistan

Portugal

South Africa

Spain

Thailand

Trinidad and Tobago

USA