Fraud and error in the benefit system

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


  1. Documents

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

The Fraud and Error in the Benefits System report is published twice a year (May/June and November/December). The estimates published in May/June also feed into the DWP Resource Accounts.

Alongside the report, there are a number of tables published that provide the user with detailed estimates, giving a breakdown of overpayments into the different types of fraud and error.

Supporting Guides

Supporting guides are available, including Technical Appendices, Quality Guidance and further background documentation.

Contacts and more information

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

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

Next release: May 2015


  1. Fraud and error in the benefit system: 2013 to 2014 estimates

    • 17 November 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Fraud and Error in the benefit system: 2012/13 estimates

    • 16 January 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Fraud and error in the benefit system: 2011 to 2012 revised estimates

    • 13 December 2013
    • Statistics
  4. Fraud and error in the benefit system: 2010/11 revised estimates

    • 29 November 2012
    • Statistics