Benefit Fraud

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th March 2005.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much it costs to run the Benefit Fraud hotline in each of the last three years; and how many calls it received in each year.

Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The information is in the table.

National benefit fraud hotline-operational costs and calls received
Operational costs (£) Calls received
2001–02 1,086,000 205,999
2002–03 959,277 159,290
2003–04 1,038,505 (9)21 3,471

(9) Includes 2,421 calls received by the Local Authority Fraud Hotline which commenced in September 2003.


1. Operational costs include staffing, goods and service costs.

2. The operational costs of administering the National Benefit Fraud Hotline include the costs of administering the report-a-cheat-online service. These costs cannot be separated.


National Benefit Fraud Hotline.

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