§ Mr. Dismore
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much benefit was recovered from accident victims by way of recoupment from damages awards in each of the last four years.
§ Maria Eagle
The current compensation recovery scheme is working in accordance with the principles and objectives set when the reformed scheme was introduced in October 1997.
The amount recovered is in respect of benefits already paid to the claimant in consequence of their accident, injury or illness and is recovered direct from the compensator, and never from the claimant.
The amount recovered purely in respect of accident is given in the tables.
£ Financial Year Amount 1997–98 157,436,635 1998–99 188,724,849 1999–2000 186,678,400 2000–01 171,539,293