Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of alleged benefit fraud were reported to her Department in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Counter Fraud and Compliance Directorate (CFCD), part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), is responsible for the prevention, detection and, where appropriate, investigation of fraud and error relating to all benefits administered by and on behalf of DWP.

All reported allegations of benefit fraud are recorded and appropriate action taken.

The table below shows the number of benefit fraud allegation referrals received each year since 2008. It should be noted that within these totals there could be multiple referrals relating to the same allegation against an individual.

Year

Total Referrals From All Sources

2008-09

891,000

2009-10

937,000

2010-11

938,000

2011-12

954,000

2012-13

850,000

2013-14

915,000

2014-15

740,000

2015-16

766,000

2016-17

765,000

2017-18

839,000

2018-19(YTD to 19.12.18)

519,000

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