Social Security Fraud

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 15th March 2010.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin 2:30 pm, 15th March 2010

That is a tiny amount compared with the £700 million that the UK taxpayer loses every year to benefit fraud. Only a third of cases make it into court. Some 12,000 people last year were cautioned and only one in 100 was sent to prison. Is it not about time the Government started to take tough action rather than just producing more rhetoric and tough talk only?