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The available information for housing benefit is provided in the following table.


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Fraud investigations Cautions Admin penalties Prosecutions Guilty verdicts

2003-04

Q1

42,184

1,142

752

863

710

Q2

39,451

1,197

870

1,161

902

Q3

36,459

1,326

1,002

1,252

1,055

Q4

38,019

1,444

962

1,325

1,080

2004-05

Q1

40,369

1,216

897

1,159

1,026

Q2

39,877

1,652

1,019

1,318

1,238

Q3

38,548

1,711

1,184

1,320

1,165

Q4

44,415

2,070

1,396

1,747

1,259

2005-06

Q1

45,704

1,925

1,264

1,595

1,443

Q2

45,641

2,327

1,662

1,741

1,449

Q3

48,423

2,087

1,502

1,799

1,542

Q4

54,294

3,369

1,771

2,582

1,800

2006-07

Q1

39,893

2,075

1,268

1,389

1,454

Q2

42,527

2,582

1,647

1,504

1,472

Q3

41,958

2,637

1,750

1,521

1,373

Q4

48,051

3,368

2,077

1,609

1,561

2007-08

Q1

43,473

2,956

2,065

1,483

1,563

Q2

46,606

3,627

2,392

1,767

1,673

Q3

38,417

3,029

2,029

1,554

1,575

Q4

32,278

2,957

1,930

1,807

1,682

Source:
Housing Benefit Operational Database (HOBOD) based on the local authority administrative return called “Stats 12”.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) received a caution and (b) were convicted in respect of a benefit fraud offence in each of the last eight quarters for which figures are available; and how many of those convicted received a (i) discharge, (ii) fine, (iii) community sentence, (iv) suspended sentence and (v) custodial sentence. [253989]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 3 February 2009]: The available information for DWP administered benefits is in the following table:


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Cautions Convictions Discharges Fines Community service Suspended senten ce Custodial sentence

2006 -0 7

Q1

3,282

1,846

511

259

663

99

223

Q2

3,221

1,770

424

196

689

156

146

Q3

2,970

1,412

343

148

476

130

138

Q4

2,503

1,833

456

225

587

145

109

Total

11,976

6,861

1,734

828

2,415

530

616

2007-08

Q1

3,853

1,772

528

236

656

193

97

Q2

3,914

2,200

557

238

742

257

105

Q3

3,454

1,606

470

230

642

202

107

Q4

1,600

2,167

652

257

740

309

213

Total

12,821

7,745

2,207

961

2,780

961

522

Note s :
Discharges, fines, community service, suspended sentence and custodial sentence 2006-07 data from FIBS and FRAIMS.
2007-08 discharges, fines, community service, suspended sentence and custodial sentence data from DWP/DH Legal Group.
Source s :
1. Conviction data for England and Wales from DWP/DH Legal Group.
2. Conviction data for Scotland from FIBS and FRAIMS.
3. Cautions data from FIBS and FRAIMS.

The available information for housing benefit is provided in the following table:

Fraud investigations Cautions Admin penalties Prosecutions Guilty verdicts

2006 -0 7

Q1

39,893

2,075

1,268

1,389

1,454

Q2

42,527

2,582

1,647

1,504

1,472

Q3

41,958

2,637

1,750

1,521

1,363

Q4

48,051

3,368

2,077

1,609

1,561

2007-08

Q1

43,473

2,956

2,065

1,483

1,563

Q2

46,606

3,627

2,392

1,767

1,673

Q3

38,417

3,029

2,029

1,554

1,575

Q4

32,278

2,957

1,930

1,807

1,682

Source:
Housing benefit operational database (HOBOD) based on the local authority administrative return called ‘Stats 124’.

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