Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered am ar 17 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Llafur, South Shields

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to recruit Covert Surveillance Officers to gather evidence to prove or disprove offences relating to benefits claims.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

DWP is recruiting Covert Surveillance Officers.

The Department’s Counter Fraud, Compliance & Debt directorate (CFCD) undertakes directed surveillance as part of the criminal investigation process.

All surveillance activity is applied for under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000 and is conducted in line with the surveillance Code of Practice. It is undertaken only where necessary and proportionate to the alleged offence.

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