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Departmental Manpower

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent staff there have been in her Department's (a) Fraud Investigation Service and (b) Organised Fraud Unit in each year since 2006. (316364)

The available information is in the table (data are not available prior to 2007):

Numbers of full-time equivalent staff in Fraud Investigation Service and Organised Fraud Unit since 2007

Date

Total number of Fraud Investigation staff (excluding Organised Fraud Unit staff)

Total number of Organised Fraud Unit staff

March 2007

2,785

233

March 2008

2,671

201

March 2009

2,564

214

September 2009

2,557

218

The decrease in the total number of Fraud Investigation Service staff needs to be seen against the pre-recession spending review efficiency challenge. There have been significant productivity gains and elimination of waste that have seen record numbers of benefit thieves caught and sanctioned. The numbers in the Organised Fraud Unit are a reflection of our commitment to tackle the serious and organised fraudsters who abuse the benefits system.