Fraud and Error in the Benefit System
The latest National Statistics report, Fraud and Error in the Benefit System: Preliminary 2012/13 Estimates was released on 9 May 2013 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. This report is produced by the Department for Work and Pensions.
The latest report estimates fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain.
- For 2012/13 (preliminary) it is estimated that 2.1 per cent of total benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud and error, the same as the 2011/12 estimate.
- The estimated value of overpayments is £3.5bn, which is a rise from the 2011/12 estimated value of £3.4bn.
- For 2012/13 (preliminary) it is estimated that 0.9 per cent of total benefit expenditure was underpaid due to fraud and error, which is a rise from the 2011/12 estimate (0.8 per cent).
- The estimated value of underpayments is £1.4bn, which is a rise from the 2011/12 estimated value of £1.3bn.
Next Planned Release Date: "Fraud and Error in the Benefit System: Final 2012/13 Estimates" in October/November 2013.
If you have any comments, questions or any general queries regarding our publication, please email Catherine Edwards from the Fraud and Error Measurement Analysis Team.
9 May 2013
We have published our new set of estimates today 'Fraud and Error in the Benefit System: Preliminary 2012/13 Estimates'. Within this publication we are publishing Employment and Support Allowance Official Error estimates for the first time - please see sections 1 and 2 for more details.
You may also be interested to know that these statistics have recently been assessed by the UK Statistics Authority. For a full report of their findings please click here
Uses and Users Questionnaire
We are writing to all users of our statistics to try and understand more about why people are interested in these statistics and how they use them. We are gathering this information so that we can publish more on the uses and users of our statistics within our 'Uses and Users' document - see below link to this under 'Useful Documents and Links'.
We would very much appreciate it if you could complete the attached questionnaire and return it to Catherine Edwards. The questionnaire will only take 5-10 minutes to complete and will help us greatly in understanding the different types of uses and users of our statistics.
For all previously published fraud and error in the benefit system reports please click on the below link
Useful Documents and Links
For further information on how our statistics are produced, who uses our statistics and comparable statistics for Northern Ireland and HMRC Tax Credits, please see the document links below: -
- Quality and Methodology
- Uses and Users
- Ad hocs and pricing
- Variance and Confidence Intervals
- IS, JSA and PC Technical Appendix
- Housing Benefit Technical Appendix
- Northern Ireland Fraud and Error in the Benefit System statistics are in the Social Security Agency annual reports
- HMRC estimates of Error and Fraud in Tax Credits