Work and Pensions
Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
(1) if he will publish which organisations have reported allegations of fraud to his Department since May 2010; and when each such allegation was made;
(2) which Work programme contractors have reported allegations of fraud to his Department since April 2010.
Chris Grayling (Minister of State (Employment), Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)
To disclose details of organisations or individuals that have reported allegations of fraud to the Department would undoubtedly discourage individuals and organisations coming forward with such information in future. This would not be in the public interest.
Fraud is not acceptable and any allegations of fraud reported to the Department are always treated very seriously and investigated thoroughly. Where investigators believe the matter is sufficiently serious they will act swiftly to refer the matter to the police.