GOVERNMENT MINISTERS' FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT BENEFIT FRAUD

31 December 2012

GOVERNMENT MINISTERS' FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT BENEFIT FRAUD

A growing number of hard working taxpayers do not support the persistent attacks on benefit claimants by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He tends to brand all claimants as abusers of the system with, fraud and error and excessive dependency. He claims thd working tax-payers do not support the persistent attacks on benefit claimants by the Secretary of State fore system “is out of control and unfair for “hard-working taxpayers” who have lost £10 billion due to illicit claimants and fraudsters."

That needs some qualification. National Statistics shows that 0.7%, of total benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud in 2011/12 among the 5.9 million working age benefit claimants and the 10.6 million state pensioners, who need to spend every penny of the low, and diminishing in value, incomes we provide on necessities like rent, food, fuel, clothes and transport which escalate in price.

Rev Paul Nicolson
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STATS FROM THE DWP

Fraud and Error in the Benefit System: 2011/12 Estimates (Great Britain)

Estimates of the levels of fraud and error in the benefit system in Great Britain are published today. These are available on the Department for Work and Pensions website at:
http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd2/index.php?page=fraud_error

The publication includes the 2011/12 estimate of total overpayments and underpayments across the benefit system as well as individual estimates for Income Support, Jobseeker¡¦s Allowance, Pension Credit and Housing Benefit for 2011/12 (based on April 2011 to March 2012 sample data and 2011/12 expenditure).

Headline results
Estimates of Fraud and Error across all benefits in 2011/12
The estimate of total overpayments due to fraud and error across all benefits is ¢G3.4bn; this is 2.1% of the total benefit expenditure, which was ¢G159.2bn in 2011/12.
The estimate of total underpayments due to fraud and error across all benefits is ¢G1.3bn; this is 0.8% of the total benefit expenditure in 2011/12.

Estimates of Fraud and Error by type of error in 2011/12

0.7%, or £1.2bn, of total benefit expenditure is overpaid due to fraud;

0.9%, or £1.4bn, of total benefit expenditure is overpaid due to claimant error;

0.5%, or £0.8bn, of total benefit expenditure is overpaid due to official error.

0.6%, or £0.9bn, of total benefit expenditure is underpaid due to claimant error;

0.3%, or £0.4bn, of total benefit expenditure is underpaid due to official error.

Estimates of Fraud and Error by individual benefits in 2011/12
Key estimates for the individual benefits that are measured on a continuous basis are that:

4.4%, or £310m, of Income Support expenditure (¢G7.2bn) was overpaid;

4.6%, or £230m, of Jobseeker¡¦s Allowance expenditure (¢G5.0bn) was overpaid;

5.7%, or £460m, of Pension Credit expenditure (¢G8.2bn) was overpaid;

4.9%, or £1,130m, of Housing Benefit expenditure (¢G22.8bn) was overpaid.

0.9%, or £70m, of Income Support expenditure (¢G7.2bn) was underpaid;

0.3%, or £20m, of Jobseeker¡¦s Allowance expenditure (¢G5.0bn) was underpaid;

1.8%, or £150m, of Pension Credit expenditure (¢G8.2bn) was underpaid;

1.4%, or £310m, of Housing Benefit expenditure (¢G22.8bn) was underpaid.

Rev Paul Nicolson
Taxpayers Against Poverty
93 Campbell Road,
Tottenham,
London N17 0BF
0208 3765455
07961 177889

also at http://www.prohousingalliance.com
http://www.taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk
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