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Dear Student Loans Company Limited,

I am hoping to find out some statistics on how many university students have had their application decline due to false information.

I hope the questions I ask can be answered.

1. How many students are investigated for fraud each year and how many of these are proven to be fraudulent? Please supply these figures as a total and a percentage of all applications for the last 3 academic years.

2. When a case is found to be fraudulent, of the sanctions applied, how many are referred to the police, how many have all funding withdrawn and how many have a lesser sanction applied? Please supply these figures for the last 3 academic years.

Yours faithfully,
Eleanor Scott

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FOI Requests, Y Cwmni Benthyciadau i Fyfyrwyr

Dear Ms Scott

Thank you for your email dated 28th November 2019.

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”).

Your request has been allocated reference number 242-19.

We will respond to you under the terms of the FOIA and within 20 working
days.

We will contact you further for clarification of your request if this is
considered necessary.  

Yours sincerely

Louise Chapman | Senior Legal Executive
Student Loans Company
100 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7JD
e: 32080  t: 0141 306 2080

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FOI Requests, Y Cwmni Benthyciadau i Fyfyrwyr

Dear Ms Scott  

We refer to your recent email dated 28^th November 2019 requesting the
following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”).

“1. How many students are investigated for fraud each year and how many of
these are proven to be fraudulent? Please supply these figures as a total
and a percentage of all applications for the last 3 academic years.

2. When a case is found to be fraudulent, of the sanctions applied, how
many are referred to the police, how many have all funding withdrawn and
how many have a lesser sanction applied? Please supply these figures for
the last 3 academic years.”

Response

We have reviewed your request, and can confirm that the information that
you have requested is held by Student Loans Company Limited (“SLC”),
however in consultation with the appropriate departments within SLC we
have concluded that this information cannot be released as the cost of
complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit set out in
the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004.  The limit applying to SLC is £450 or 2.5 days
(calculated to be 18 hours of staff time at £25 per hour).

The information is therefore exempt under section 12(1) of the FOIA and in
accordance with section 17(1) of the FOIA this letter constitutes a
Refusal Notice in respect of your request.

For question 1, we would refer you to our response to a similar request
which is publicly available at
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...
in which we advised that we could provide details of the number of cases
investigated and sanctioned by SLC’s Counter Fraud Services Team on a
financial (not academic) year basis (total number and number with sanction
applied).  The number of applications processed on an academic year basis
could be provided, however would not be a direct comparison to CFS figures
which are on a financial year basis.  Bearing in mind that SLC only
processes applications for applicants from England, Wales and the EU, and
the CFS figures may include a small number of Scottish and Northern
Ireland cases, the number of applications processed on a financial year
basis (which would be a more suitable comparison) is published in SLC’s
Annual Report and Accounts each year (these can be found online at
[2]https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/compa...).  

For question 2, cases are not referred to the Police directly, rather they
are logged on the Cifas database, which automatically update to the
National Fraud Intelligence Bureau database, run by City of London Police.
 Within the appropriate costs limit we would be able to provide the number
of cases logged on the Cifas database per financial (not academic) year.
 In terms of breaking down sanctions applied, it is estimated that this
would exceed 18 hours of staff time, as manual analysis of each individual
case would be required.  

Any request for the information that we advised that can be provided
within the appropriate costs limit will be treated as a new request for
information.

Internal review process

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review.

Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date
of receipt of the response to your original request and should be
addressed to the Freedom of Information Office, Student Loans Company
Limited, 100 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7JD, or by email:
[SLC request email].  Please remember to quote the reference number
above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House  
Water Lane  
Wilmslow  
Cheshire  
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Louise Chapman | Senior Legal Executive
Student Loans Company
100 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7JD
e: 32080  t: 0141 306 2080

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywEleanor Scott mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.