Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what projects his Department has undertaken with the Staffordshire Police Authority to combat fraudulent activities in relation to benefits in the last 12 months.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

Investigators from the Department for Work and Pensions collaborates with officers from Staffordshire police authority on cases where they have a common interest and where the Department requires police assistance.

An example of current joint working with Staffordshire police authority is Operation Oblique. This was set up to investigate a number of girocheques which were reported as missing but were subsequently discovered to have been cashed. The investigation is continuing and at least one person has so far been arrested.

As well as investigations relating to benefit fraud, DWP also works with Staffordshire police on investigations which relate to the integrity of the national insurance number system.

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