Katarzyna Figiel

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In a debate held on the DWP Risk Review Team in the House of Commons on 26 January 2022 (available here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/20...), Kate Osamor MP explained that the Risk Review Team’s role is to “review and take action on cases identified” by the integrated risk and intelligence service as being “a high fraud risk.”

On 18 February 2022, Kate Osamor MP submitted a written question to the Department for Work and Pensions regarding the number of Universal Credit claims that remain suspended under the Risk Review process as of February 2022 (available here: https://questions-statements.parliament....).

The answer was provided by David Rutley MP, and stated that as of 17th February 2022, 174,000 claims have been suspended under the Risk Review Process, a percentage of 3.1%. Of the 174,000 claims suspended, the Risk Review Team have de-suspended 5,346 claims.

On 22 September 2022, Victoria Prentis MP provided an answer to a related question tabled by Kate Osamor MP on 7 September 2022 (available here: https://questions-statements.parliament....), stating that the cumulative total figure for claims suspended was 177,638, and that 7,221 cases had been reinstated.

Please provide information on how many claims have been suspended and de-suspended as a result of investigations carried out by the Risk Review Team since it was set up in May 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Katarzyna Figiel

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

Tom Pursglove answered a parliamentary question from Kate Osamor:

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'212 out of 188,119 claimants who have had their cases suspended by the Risk Review Team have appealed the decision (0.11%) with 42 claimants having their appeal allowed, which is 0.02% of the total number of claims suspended.'



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Dear Katarzyna Figiel,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 1st

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team