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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many convictions for benefits fraud there have been in the last five years. (299305)

The available information for both Department for Work and Pensions and local authority administered benefits is provided in the following tables. Information on local authority convictions is not yet available for 2008-09.

Department for Work and Pensions administered benefits

Number of convictions for benefit fraud offences

2004-05

9,219

2005-06

8,740

2006-07

6,861

2007-08

7,745

2008-09

6,700

Sources:

1. Conviction data for England & Wales are provided by DWP/DH Legal Group.

2. Conviction data for Scotland from Fraud Information by Sector & Fraud Referral and Intervention Management System.

Local authority administered benefits

Number of convictions for benefit fraud offences

2003-04

3,747

2004-05

4,688

2005-06

6,234

2006-07

5,860

2007-08

6,493

Notes:

1. The decision to prosecute is taken by the appropriate local authority.

2. Figures from HOBOD are subject to revision when new or revised data are received from local authorities and uploaded by the Department.

Source:

Housing Benefit Operational Database (HOBOD) using local authority administrative returns.