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Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff his Department employs to investigate benefit fraud; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of investigation of benefit fraud in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department's Fraud Investigation Service had 2,823 full time equivalent members of staff in employment on 12 August 2012 to investigate benefit fraud.

The Department's Fraud Investigation Service total spend for investigating benefit fraud in 2011-12 was £99.5 million.

The total amount of recoverable overpayments identified as a result of fraud investigations for 2011-12 is £214,832,021.

The information supplied by the Department for recoverable overpayments has not been subjected to the rigorous quality assurance checks applied to our published official statistics. It is therefore possible this information may change due to operational reasons.

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