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|National benefit fraud hotline budget allocation|
|(1 )Up to end of December 2006.|
1. Figures include goods, services and staffing costs.
2. The national benefit fraud hotline (NBFH) commenced in August 1996. Information around budget allocation is available only from year ending 2001-02. Prior to this, NBFH was the responsibility of the former DSS Benefits Agency Security Branch and figures on funding and budget costs are no longer available.
The available information regarding the number of people who have been successfully prosecuted for fraud as a result of evidence from the online report-a-thief form in each year are in the following table.
|Convictions arising from completion of the DWP online report-a-thief form|
1. Information is only available from April 2000.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were prosecuted as a result of evidence obtained from callers using the benefit theft hotline in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
The figures relate to prosecutions carried out between the dates given. They do not relate to calls made during that time. Cases where a call to the National Benefit Fraud Hotline has not yet led to a prosecution are not included.
Fraud Information by Sector
Data include external partners Broad Systems performance as they provide NBFH services during out of hours, they are not part of Jobcentre Plus.
National Benefit Fraud Hotline
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of applications for community care grants took (a) less than two weeks, (b) two to four weeks, (c) four to six weeks and (d) over six weeks in the last year for which figures are available. 
|Community care grant applications cleared in 2005-06 in Great Britain|
|Working days to clear||Number||Percentage|
1. The clearance time for an individual application is measured in whole working days from the date of receipt of the application to the date of the decision, inclusive.
2. Numbers are based on applications cleared in the most recent financial year, not on applications received during that year.
3. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100 and percentages to the nearest 0.1 per cent. (apart from the total).
DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for community care grants were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
|Community care grants in Great Britain|
|Month||Initial awards||Initial refusals|
1. Figures do not include awards or refusals made after review.
2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.
DWP Social fund policy, budget and management information system.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual cases of customer overpayment debt there have been in each year since 1997; what the total value was of customer overpayment debts in this period; what proportion of such debts are over 10 years old; and what the cost was of administering these debts. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Our error reduction strategy Getting Welfare Right: Tackling Error in the Benefits System, was published on 24 January 2007. This first ever, ambitious strategy on error reduction is based on prevention, compliance and correctionpreventing new error, ensuring that customers and staff comply with benefit rules and identifying/correcting existing errors.
|Customer error overpayments identified||Official error and small overpayments identified|
|Volume||Value (£ million)||Volume||Estimated value (£ million)|
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants there were in Employment Zone programmes for each month since April 2000; how many of those had previously engaged with Employment Zone programmes; how many found work; and how many had previously participated in the New Deal for Young People. 
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