My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (James Plaskitt) has made the following Statement.
On behalf of my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate (BFI) has today announced its phase 17 programme of work.
The authorities that will be inspected are: Caerphilly County Borough Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council, London Borough of Hounslow Council, Sheffield City Council, South Bedfordshire District Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, and Watford Borough Council.
I am pleased to announce that the planned focused inspections of the claims administration in Braintree District Council, London Borough of Newham Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council will not go ahead as all three councils have shown significant improvements in their performance.
BFI is an independent unit within the Department for Work and Pensions that inspects and reports directly to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the standard of benefit administration and counter-fraud activity in local authorities and the department itself.