This release contains statistics relating to Housing Benefit fraud volumes and amounts of incorrectly overpaid benefit. It is aggregate level data received on a quarterly basis from each Local Authority, but published bi-annually each March and September.
These statistics provide the Department with an overview of overpayment and fraud data relating to all benefits for which it is responsible for - not just for those benefits administered by DWP. They are used to measure levels of fraud activity and to capture information on the amounts of benefit that are overpaid to claimants.
These statistics are released on a six-monthly cycle. This publication in September covers finalised data for all four quarters of 2014/15. Note, due to the phased roll out of the Single Fraud Investigation Service (SFIS), this publication includes only partial fraud data.