Social Security Payments: Overpayments

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Work and Pensions Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much her Department spent on investigating alleged benefit overpayments to claimants in the last 12 months in cases where the claimant had since deceased.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (the South West), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the South West), Department for Work and Pensions, Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 18 January 2010

The information is not available in the format requested, but is available for the last financial year. £3.0 million was spent during the year 2008-09 on investigating potential benefit overpayments in cases where the claimant was deceased, resulting in recoveries of £28.7 million.

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