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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 1.7m; and
  • the people living in 3 Districts within London.

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