£1.1 billion lost to Housing Benefit fraud and error

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

Over a billion pounds worth of Housing Benefit expenditure was lost to fraud and official error between April 2011 and March 2012, new figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have revealed. The DWP's statistics show that total overpayments due to fraud and error across the entire benefits system was £3.4 billion, or 2.1% of the total spend of £159.2 billion. However, relative to spending, the figures show that the total amount lost to fraud alone dropped last year. Even ...

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