Introduction to the Social Security Agency
The Social Security Agency’s (SSA) main business is to:
- assess and pay social security benefits accurately and securely;
- give advice and information about these benefits;
- support people by helping them move closer to work;
- process benefit reviews and appeals;
- prevent and detect benefit fraud, prosecute offenders and recover any benefit which has been paid incorrectly;
- recover benefit which has been paid in compensation cases;
- assess people’s financial circumstances if they are applying for legal aid; and
- provide services to clients in Great Britain on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The Agency delivers its services to:
- the people of Northern Ireland, with a population of some 1.8m; and
- the people living in 3 Districts within London.
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