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Written Answers. - Social Welfare Fraud Detections.

Wednesday, 12 June 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 466 No. 7

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 157. Mr. J. Walsh Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for Social Welfare Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  the number of cases of detected fraud recorded by his Department in the past year; and the total amount of money involved. [12302/96]

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa Social welfare expenditure in 1995 amounted to some £4.2 billion. The total value of overpayments attributed to fraud in 1995 was £11.6 million and comprised 10,820 individual overpayments.

The detection of fraud and abuse of [1934] social welfare payments is an integral part of the day to day work of my Department, which has a programme of ongoing specialist control activities under way as part of its drive against fraud, abuse and unwarranted recourse to social welfare. There are over 500 staff whose work at local, regional and national level is either entirely or partly related to the control of fraud and abuse of the social welfare system.


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