Yesterday Richard Fuller was hoping to highlight benefit fraud in his Parliamentary Questions. The Minister responsible didn’t have much of the information available to answer as the Government are not very good at collecting it, or finding it.
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2016-03-08.30341.h&s=speaker%3A24787#g30341.q0 Richard Fuller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people found to be committing benefit fraud and not prosecuted in court in each of the last two years (a) have repaid monies due in full, (b) are actively making repayments, (c) are in arrears with their repayments and (d) have since been prosecuted for breaching their agreement to pay.
Written Answers - Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Fraud (16 Mar 2016) http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2016-03-08.30342.h&s=speaker%3A24787#g30342.q0 Richard Fuller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of benefit fraud were identified in each of the last three years; and what proportion of such cases were prosecuted in court. I think a much more interesting question would be something like: To ask the Secretary of State what proportion of highly paid bankers have (a) committed fraud in each of the last six years, (b)what proportion of bankers involved in the financial crash of 2008 have been prosecuted, (c) what proportion of bankers are making re-payment of bonus payments received for their part in the financial crash I don't think Mr Fuller will ask that sort of question, he doesn't want to upset the Tory vote.