(1) what proportion of investigations by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency concerned benefit fraud in the last 12 months;
(2) whether the Serious and Organised Crime Agency routinely investigates cases of benefit fraud convictions for links to organised criminal activity.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency was set up to tackle serious organised crime and to reduce the harm it causes to the UK. SOCA's priorities are determined by the Home Secretary and set out in the SOCA Annual Plan. They include class A drugs, organised immigration crime and fraud as well as cross-cutting priorities such as firearms and criminal finances and profits.
SOCA's operational activity is aligned to the UK Control Strategy for Organised Crime. While SOCA has not led operational activity which primarily focuses on benefit fraud, in the last 12 months, instances of benefit fraud may be uncovered as part of a wider investigation.