§ Mr. Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list those local authorities that have not introduced penalties for fraud under the Social Security (Fraud) Act 1997. 324W
§ Angela Eagle
All local authorities have the power to offer administrative penalties to those shown to be claiming Housing Benefit fraudulently, as an alternative to criminal proceedings. From 1999–2000, local authorities have been asked to provide data on the number of penalties offered. These figures are not yet available.