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Universal Credit: Fraud

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 291056, tabled on 25 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many third parties who have allegedly scammed people into making a universal credit claim have been identified and investigated; and how many of those third parties have been referred for prosecution.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

2 October 2019

Examination of the cases currently being progressed by the Department indicates there are 107 third-party individuals that are subject to investigation. This number is subject to change as cases progress.

At the time of submission, one 3rd party case has been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service and has been successfully prosecuted. There are a number of other cases at an advanced stage of investigation.

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