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Fraud and error in the benefit system

Estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain.

These statistical reports provide estimates of fraud and error for benefits administered by the DWP and local authorities.

Reports are published twice a year:

  • preliminary estimates are published in May or June
  • final estimates are published in November or December

The preliminary estimates published in May or June also feature in the DWP annual report and accounts each year when they get published.

Accompanying each estimate report, we also publish data tables that provide the user with detailed estimates by different types of fraud and error.

Statistical reports for the periods from 2006 to 2010 can be found in the National Archive.

Find future DWP fraud and error estimate release dates.

Interactive information and charts

Use our online tool to explore DWP’s fraud and error statistics.

You can also access DWP’s fraud and error statistics using StatXplore.

Find contact information and more information about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Latest report

Previous reports

Supporting guides including technical appendices.

Published 25 June 2013
Last updated 17 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added preliminary estimates for financial year 2017 to 2018.
  2. Added final estimates for financial year 2016 to 2017.
  3. Added preliminary estimates for financial year 2016/17.
  4. Added final estimates for financial year 2015 to 2016.
  5. Published preliminary estimates for financial year 2015 to 2016.
  6. Published final estimates for financial year 2014 to 2015.
  7. Published Fraud and error in the benefit system: publication strategy.
  8. Published 'Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2014/15 preliminary estimates'.
  9. Published final estimates for financial year 2013 to 2014.
  10. Published link to statistical notice advising statistics users of proposed changes to the publishing of fraud and error estimates for financial year 2013 to 2014.
  11. Published preliminary 2013/2014 estimates.
  12. Fraud and Error in the Benefit System: 2012/13 Estimates published
  13. Note added regarding next release - Estimates of Fraud and Error in the Benefit system 2012 to 2013 (Great Britain) will be published on 16 January 2014.
  14. Link added to supporting guides.
  15. First published.