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DWP celebrates as benefit fraud figure drops minutely

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Legal

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The Department for Work and Pensions is celebrating news that jobseeker’s allowance and income support fraud and error overpayments have dropped by £130 million in a year.

However, the total lost to fraud and error still stands at a vast £3.3 billion - or 2% of welfare expenditure.

Released today, preliminary estimates for 2013/14 reveal that:

  • £1.1bn was lost to benefit fraud
  • £1.5bn was lost to claimant error overpayments
  • £0.7bn was lost to official error overpayments

Over the last 12 months, the DWP and local authorities recovered around £940m that had been overpaid due to benefit fraud and error across Great Britain.

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said: "It is encouraging to see that the level of fraud and error is now lower than before the start of the parliament and we are recovering more money than ever.

"Benefit fraud is completely unacceptable but we know there is more to do and that is why we are toughening the rules to crack down on fraudsters as part of the government’s long-term economic plan.

"We are striving to return fairness to the system and make sure money goes to those who need it – and the public can help us do this by informing the authorities of anyone they suspect of defrauding the system."

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