Social Security Benefits: Scotland

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value is of outstanding benefit (a) over-payments and (b) fraud debts to be transferred to the Scottish government when social security powers are devolved to that government.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Current data shows that the total value of outstanding benefit overpayments to be devolved to the Scottish Government is £29.3m. Of this total, £5.4m has been classified as fraud. The actual amounts devolved to the Scottish Government will be subject to the value at the point of transfer and accounting agreements between the two governments.

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