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Level of benefit fraud and error unchanged last year

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:23 -- nick

Benefit fraud and error was unchanged at 0.7% of all payments last year, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed.

In total £3.5 billion was overpaid in 2012-13, of which £1.2 billion was due to fraud and twice as much, £2.3 billion, was due to error by both claimants and DWP staff.

Despite the larger part played by mistakes in the system, and the lack of change compared to the year before, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud chose to highlight fraud figures:

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