Bishop of Derby asks questions about benefit fraud

On 26th & 27th October 2015 the Bishop of Derby, Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, received written answers from Government to questions on benefit fraud. 


Bishop of Derby The Lord Bishop of Derby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports of benefit fraud have been submitted to the Department for Work and Pensions between 2010 and the most
recent date for which figures are available.


Lord Freud: The number of reports of benefit fraud received by the Fraud and Error Service (FES) from 1st January 2010 to 30th September 2015 totals 4,889,021. You should not infer from this information that an actual offence has been committed. This information relates only to allegations and not completed investigations.


The Lord Bishop of Derby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of benefit fraud have been recorded in the East Midlands region between 2010 and the most recent date for which figures are available.


Lord Freud: The information is not available in the
format requested. Figures are only available for the Central region, which is made up of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland, East Anglia, Leicestershire and
Northamptonshire, Mercia, Brimigham and Solihull,
Black Country, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

There were 42442 confirmed cases of benefit fraud
recorded in the Central region between 1st January 2010
and 30th September 2015.


The Lord Bishop of Derby: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of benefit fraud relating to human trafficking and organised crime have resulted in a successful prosecution between 2010 and the most recent date for which figures are available.


Lord Faulks: It is not possible to identify from Ministry of Justice centrally held data whether a defendant proceeded against for an offence related to benefit fraud has a link to human trafficking or organised crime. This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.