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 many cases of alleged benefit overpayments her Department investigated on cases where the claimants had since died in each of the last five years.

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

Information on the number of investigations of potential benefit overpayments where the customer has since died is based on the volume of probate records that matched with deceased benefit recipients' records. This information is held only for the last two years.

Number of cases where probate match received Number of those cases where a claim was made against the estate
2007-08 51,829 6,492
2008-09 67,021 7,356
Source: Shared Services Debt Manager via Business Objects.

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