Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Benefit Fraud

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was the (a) total annual value of fraudulent benefit claims estimated on the basis of benefit reviews and (b) estimated total value of fraudulent claims by people adopting a false identify in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [69309]

    Malcolm Wicks: We set out our strategy for tackling fraud and error in March 1999. At that time we estimated that around ?2 billion is lost annually through benefit fraud in Great Britain. This is a broad order estimate, derived from estimates from the continuously measured

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