The report focuses on fraud loss outside of the welfare and tax systems. This is because information on these areas is published annually by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The purpose of this report is to increase the focus on fraud risk and loss in the rest of government, where less is known.
This follows the government’s established approach and the National Audit Office’s recommendation to continue in this direction and for the Cabinet Office to publish data on known fraud levels across government.
The report also provides an update on the work the government is undertaking to increase capability in the public sector to find and reduce fraud loss.