The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the formation of a single fraud investigation service in the 2013 Autumn Statement. As a result, DWP has taken responsibility for investigating Housing Benefit fraud and Tax Credit fraud. Local authorities and HMRC were previously responsible for these investigations.
The single fraud investigation service was introduced nationally between July 2014 and March 2016. DWP now conducts single welfare benefit fraud investigations to one set of policies and procedures.
The Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales and the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland conduct prosecutions arising from fraud investigations.