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Housing Benefit: recoveries and fraud data

Statistics for Housing Benefit fraud volumes and incorrectly overpaid benefit based on aggregate-level data from each local authority.

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We produce statistics on Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud (HBRF) according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The latest release

On 12 March 2014 we released the latest national statistics on Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud.

This data contains statistics relating to Housing Benefit fraud volumes and amounts of incorrectly overpaid benefit. It is aggregate level data received on a quarterly basis from each local authority.

Historically, the figures in these releases have not allowed for imputation of any missing values and headline numbers were based on the summation of the data presented in the tables. As some authorities do not return a form, and some cannot answer all the questions, the presence of missing values can affect the interpretation of trends.

To help users understand the possible impact, the first release again includes imputed totals for the whole country across the full time series.

Methodology, definitions and compliance

Read the methodology and definitions used in collecting and publishing Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud statistical data.

This set of statistics has recently been assessed by the UK Statistics Authority. Read the Assessment report 216.

Coverage: Great Britain

Geographic breakdown: local authority and county

Frequency: bi-annual

Next release date: 10 September 2014

Your feedback

We continue to welcome any feedback that users may have on our Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud national statistics. In particular we would be interested in learning more about:

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Contacts and more information

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

Documents

  1. Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2013 to September 2013

    • 12 March 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data April 2012 to March 2013

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: March 2013

    • 13 March 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Housing Benefit: recoveries and fraud data: 2011 to 2012

    • 1 January 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: methodology and definitions

    • 12 November 2012
    • Statistics
  6. Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: September 2012

    • 12 September 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Assessment of compliance with the code of practice for Official Statistics: statistics on Housing Benefit recoveries, fraud data and benefits

    • 20 June 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  8. Housing Benefit: recoveries and fraud data: 2010 to 2011

    • 1 January 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  9. Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: August 2011

    • 24 August 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics
  10. Housing Benefit: recoveries and fraud data: May 2011

    • 1 May 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics
  11. Housing Benefit: recoveries and fraud data: 2009 to 2010

    • 1 January 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics
  12. Housing Benefit: Changes to the Local Housing Allowance arrangements equality impact assessment

    • 9 November 2010
    • Impact assessment

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