Social Security Benefits: Databases

Home Office written question – answered on 18th March 2015.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee, Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether police forces have access to Government data on benefit payments in order to assist in locating wanted persons.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Police forces do not routinely have access to government data on benefit payments. If benefit data is required in order to assist with locating wanted

persons, it can be requested from the appropriate government department. Each request is carefully considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure compliance

with the relevant legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998.

There is a memorandum of understanding between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) for

disclosures that determine how the DWP provides data. All requests are managed through a central disclosure unit on a case-by case-basis. ACPO do not have

direct access to the data.

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