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star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants who have been referred for fraud relating to advance claims made after 18 September 2019. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 6512 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-01more like thismore than 2019-11-01
star this property answer text <p>It is not possible to answer this question. This answer could only be provided by accessing a substantial number of referrals to ascertain how many relate to advances claimed after 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019. As a result, we estimate providing this information would incur disproportionate costs.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-11-01T10:59:45.43Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-01T10:59:45.43Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
unstar this property tabling member
4667
unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1166642
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the debt incurred by individuals as a result of being scammed into claiming an advance for universal credit. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 6511 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>On the 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019 we brought in changes to the application process for Universal Credit advances to protect innocent people from these scams.</p><p> </p><p>In order to determine whether an individual is liable to repay an advance, we look at the strength of evidence provided. Our investigations play an important part in establishing whether a claimant has had any involvement. In some cases, we will be able to establish that a claimant was entirely innocent and did not benefit from the payment, in which case we would not seek to recover the money from them.</p><p> </p><p>As each case is different and is judged solely on its merits, and as our investigations are still ongoing, it is not possible to accurately estimate the amount individuals could be asked to repay.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T16:46:49.57Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T16:46:49.57Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
unstar this property tabling member
4667
unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1151926
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-23more like thismore than 2019-10-23
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many instances of universal credit advance fraud have been investigated by her Department in each month since the introduction of full service. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 4279 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
star this property answer text <p>The Department has captured discrete figures on the number of investigations for this type of fraud since February 2019. A breakdown of how many cases have been either completed, or are at some stage of investigation is shown in the table below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Month</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>February</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>March</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>April</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>May</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>June</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>July</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>August</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>September</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Number of cases</strong></p></td><td><p>200</p></td><td><p>900</p></td><td><p>1,600</p></td><td><p>800</p></td><td><p>900</p></td><td><p>1,300</p></td><td><p>4,800</p></td><td><p>5,300</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>*These figures have been sourced from internal management information and were not intended for public release. They are subject to change and should not be compared to other figures subsequently released by the Department. These figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.</em></p><p> </p><p>As the scale of this issue has increased, we have dedicated more resource to the team investigating this fraud. We have also worked with operational staff to improve the referral process. This allows referrals to be routed to investigators and progressed more quickly.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-29T11:21:59.63Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T11:21:59.63Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1151600
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria must be fulfilled in cases of universal credit advance payment loan fraud for a person to be removed from universal credit and returned to the old benefits system. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 3566 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The Department is committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of all types of benefit fraud. Since 18 September 2019, claimants are required to attend an interview at a Jobcentre to verify their identity before claiming a Universal Credit new claim advance. This change is helping protect claimants from identity fraud and becoming victims of third party scams.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will review each case where a claim to Universal Credit was prompted by fraudulent activity. If there is clear evidence that the claimant had no involvement in the fraud, and where the claimant wishes us to do so, we will consider re-instating DWP legacy benefits.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
3562 more like this
3565 more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T17:26:27.813Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T17:26:27.813Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
unstar this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1151599
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the increase in universal credit advance payment loan fraud cases. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 3565 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The Department is committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of all types of benefit fraud. Since 18 September 2019, claimants are required to attend an interview at a Jobcentre to verify their identity before claiming a Universal Credit new claim advance. This change is helping protect claimants from identity fraud and becoming victims of third party scams.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will review each case where a claim to Universal Credit was prompted by fraudulent activity. If there is clear evidence that the claimant had no involvement in the fraud, and where the claimant wishes us to do so, we will consider re-instating DWP legacy benefits.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
3562 more like this
3566 more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T17:26:27.767Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T17:26:27.767Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
unstar this property tabling member
478
unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1151596
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportions of claimants of universal credit that would found guilty of advance payment loan fraud have been moved back to their previous benefit. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 3562 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The Department is committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of all types of benefit fraud. Since 18 September 2019, claimants are required to attend an interview at a Jobcentre to verify their identity before claiming a Universal Credit new claim advance. This change is helping protect claimants from identity fraud and becoming victims of third party scams.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will review each case where a claim to Universal Credit was prompted by fraudulent activity. If there is clear evidence that the claimant had no involvement in the fraud, and where the claimant wishes us to do so, we will consider re-instating DWP legacy benefits.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
3565 more like this
3566 more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T17:26:27.703Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T17:26:27.703Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
unstar this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1151925
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-23more like thismore than 2019-10-23
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2019 to Question 1899 on Universal Credit: Fraud, what mitigating actions were published in the risk register in connection with universal credit advance fraud; whether those actions were carried out; and what their outcome was. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 4278 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>It is not the Department’s policy to publish its assessments of ongoing risks. This ensures there is sufficient space for internal and robust discussions between officials and Ministers, and to ensure that our security and operations are not compromised.</p><p> </p><p>The Universal Credit programme from its inception has been, and continues to be, subject to a robust regime of internal and external scrutiny, including oversight from the Work and Pensions Select Committee, the Public Accounts Committee, the National Audit Office and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 4277 more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T15:13:34.79Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T15:13:34.79Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1151598
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff have been assigned to the dedicated team investigating universal credit advance payment loan fraud. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 3564 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>We have 145 staff in the dedicated team. We also have a number of investigators who, as part of their caseload, will be investigating Universal Credit advances fraud cases, but are not part of the dedicated team.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to investigating cases, we are proactively addressing this issue with messaging on social media to raise awareness and remind people of the importance of safeguarding their identity, and by continuing to work with Social Media sites to shut down posts which promote this fraud. We have shut down 164 sites so far.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T14:34:29.707Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T14:34:29.707Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1151597
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help prosecute people accused of fraud involving the universal credit advance payment loan. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 3563 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The Department continues to work hard to ensure that the perpetrators of Universal Credit advances fraud are punished.</p><p> </p><p>We have worked with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that there will be no specific overpayment value threshold for prosecution to be considered in Universal Credit advances fraud cases. This will allow decisions to be made purely on the strength of evidence.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to work with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to ensure that a similar approach is applied for cases in Scotland.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T13:53:32.17Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T13:53:32.17Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1150707
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star this property date less than 2019-10-18more like thismore than 2019-10-18
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether universal credit advances fraud was noted in her Department's risk register. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 1899 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Department keeps Risk Registers at various levels in the organisation. These risk registers are designed to ensure that key risks are captured, monitored and mitigated.</p><p> </p><p>I can confirm that Universal Credit advances fraud is recorded on Departmental risk registers as explained in the 16<sup>th</sup> October 2019 letter from the Department to the Honourable Member.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T15:43:52.533Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:43:52.533Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this