Social Security Benefits: Databases

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th November 2008.

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Photo of Paddy Tipping Paddy Tipping Labour, Sherwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that databases of those in receipt of benefit are kept up to date; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Welfare Reform; Minister for London), Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 29 October 2008

The Department for Work and Pensions makes every effort to ensure that customers' data are accurate, up to date and relevant. We continue to simplify the means by which customers provide information without detriment to the quality of the data, for example through the Tell Us Once initiative which will enable a citizen to report a birth or death to Government only once by securely collecting the information and sharing appropriately with other Government Departments.

We also seek responsible and lawful data sharing to maintain up-to-date information on our customers and ensure that this information is used effectively to make sure customers' benefits are accurate and timely.

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