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Child Benefit: Fraud

HM Treasury written question – answered on 14th March 2016.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many foreign nationals living in the UK have been prosecuted for a fraudulent child benefit claim for a child living in the EU.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary

The Government has in place a robust system for verifying that those EEA nationals claiming Child Benefit are entitled to do so under the current rules and there is a wide range of checks carried out on new and existing claims to confirm their validity.

Cases of Child Benefit fraud can be investigated by DWP and the Single Fraud Investigation Service (a partnership between DWP Fraud Investigation Service and HMRC), as part of a wider investigation of welfare benefit fraud.

HMRC therefore does not hold figures on the number of Child Benefit prosecutions of foreign nationals.

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