Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were given prison sentences for benefit fraud in each of the last three years.

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

The Department for Work and Pensions is committed to taking effective action against those who commit benefit fraud. This can include prosecutions resulting in prison sentences.

The table below details the total number of people who were given prison sentences as a result of a prosecution for benefit fraud in each of the last three full years.

Year

Imprisoned

Imprisoned (suspended sentence)

2015/16

280

1,200

2016/17

220

1,060

2017/18

130

950

*Please note that all figures have been rounded to the nearest ten.

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