HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 cc1143-4W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls have been dealt with by the anti-fraud hotline in the last year for which figures are available; how many cases of suspected fraud have been reported to the hotline; how many of these cases have been investigated; how many of them have led to a successful prosecution; and how many of them have led to a custodial sentence. [56417]

Malcolm Wicks

The National Benefit Fraud Hotline receives over 17,000 calls a month, resulting in more than two prosecutions a day.

The available information is in the table.

National Benefit Fraud Hotline 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002
Number of calls received 205,999
Number of cases of suspected fraud reported1 161,052
Number of resulting investigations 108,986
Number of resulting benefit rate changes 26,385
Number of prosecutions so far 768
Number of resulting custodial sentences 3Not available
1 Including referrals received by telephone, e-mail and post.
2 Figures include increases and decreases and can relate either to fraud, client error or official error.
3Information is not collated centrally on the number of custodial sentences arising from investigations as a direct result of calls to the hotline.


National Benefit Fraud Hotline Management Information.