§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many additional staff have been allocated to the operations of the Department of Health and Social Security in Dundee in the past fortnight; if these staff are permanent or temporary; and if he will make a statement on their job description.
§ Dr. Boyson
There are two offices in Dundee. Dundee East has not been allocated any additional staff in the last two weeks. One officer arrived at Dundee West on 2 July 715W and was joined by a colleague on 9 July to form a special claims control team. They will be in Dundee West office for approximately six weeks.
Special claims control officers are regionally based staff and work in a team. They are employed to monitor on a regular basis those categories of cases which are considered to be most at risk to fraudulent claims.