Fraud and error in the benefit system: 2014/15 preliminary biannual national statistics, Great Britain

Document type
Other
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Publisher
DWP
Date of publication
1 May 2015
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Department for Work and Pensions administers welfare benefits to around 20 million people. This report estimates overpayments (the total amount of money lost to the department because claimants are paid too much) and underpayments (the total amount of money lost to claimants who are not paid enough). It is a key performance measure for the department. The main points from the report are:

  • 1.9% of total benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud and error.
  • The estimated value of overpayments is £3.2 billion (a fall from the 2013/14 estimated value of £3.4 billion).
  • The net government loss, after recoveries, is £2.3 billion, or 1.4% of expenditure.
  • 0.9% of total benefit expenditure was underpaid due to fraud and error (the same as the 2013/14 estimate of 0.9%).
  • The estimated value of underpayments is £1.4 billion.

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