Written Question on Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

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Date Title Questioner
23 Jul 2018, 3:32 p.m. Social Security Benefits: Overpayments Sue Hayman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of overpaid benefits in each of the last five years.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

The Monetary Value of Fraud and Error estimates provide information on overpayments and underpayments in the benefit system.

Levels of fraud and error, both overpayments and underpayments, remain low in percentage terms. Figures for the last 5 years are as follows:

Year

Overpayments

Expenditure

Underpayments

Expenditure

2012/13

£3.5bn

2.1%

£1.6bn

0.9%

2013/14

£3.4bn

2.1%

£1.5bn

0.9%

2014/15

£3.0bn

1.8%

£1.5bn

0.9%

2015/16

£3.3bn

1.9%

£1.7bn

1.0%

2016/17

£3.6bn

2.0%

£1.7bn

1.0%

We do not publish information on the total number of benefit claimants who have been underpaid benefits, but the stats publications offer information on the percentage of cases overpaid and underpaid by client group and error type.

Final fraud and error estimates for 2017/18 will be available later this year.


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