Social Security Benefits

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

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times her Department has received information on the activities of benefit claimants from territorial police forces in each of the last eight years.

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

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is committed to reducing both fraud and error and considers all referrals of suspected benefit fraud. Information is received from a variety of different sources, including members of the public, local authorities, members of staff, data matching and the police.

There is no mandatory requirement for any police force within the United Kingdom to make referrals of suspected benefit fraud to DWP. Where information is received, DWP will check to see if there are grounds for further investigation, as with any potential benefit fraud allegation.

The table below shows the total volume of referrals received from 2010/11 – 2017/18 where the referral source is noted as ‘police’.

Year

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Police referrals to DWP

2,200

1,900

2,300

2,600

2,300

3,500

3,500

3,500

*All figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

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