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Employment Schemes: Fraud

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to counter fraud by private companies operating welfare to work programmes.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

DWP has robust control and assurance arrangements in place to guard against fraudulent claims being made by providers. These include processes to validate payments, an assurance regime that checks the effectiveness of providers' own control systems, and an investigation and audit team that thoroughly examines allegations of fraud.

In addition, providers are contractually required to have their own fraud prevention policies and procedures in place. These must satisfy the requirements set out in paragraph 11.2 of the Terms and Conditions for the Provision of Employment Related Support Services available via:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/framework-draft-tandc.pdf

DWP regularly reminds providers of their obligations in fraud prevention, and that we require the highest standards of governance in relation to all our contracts.

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