Guidance

Fraud and error in the benefit system: supporting documents for statistical reports

Guides and supporting technical documents that provide information on how DWP produces fraud and error estimates.

Documents

Fraud and error measurement: variance and confidence intervals

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Uses and users of the DWP fraud and error in the benefit system statistics

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Quality methods

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Technical appendix for calculation of the overall overpayments and underpayments and net loss estimates

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Technical appendix for continuously reviewed benefits

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Ad hocs and pricing policy

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Details

These guides and supporting technical documents provide information on how DWP produces Fraud and error estimates. They address data quality and provide background on the uses and users of the estimates we produce.

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Published 21 November 2013
Last updated 30 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Published a new 'Technical annex for continuously reviewed benefits'. This updates and replaces the following 3 annexes, which have been removed from the page: 'Benefits technical appendix for Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Pension Credit', 'Technical appendix for Housing Benefit' and 'Technical appendix for Universal Credit'. Also published a revised version of the 'Technical appendix for calculation of the overall overpayments and underpayments and net loss estimates' (now dated November 2017).
  2. Revised version of 'Technical appendix for Universal Credit' with information in section 2 on Causal Link, where a review was unable to be completed. This revised version is dated May 2017.
  3. Added revised version of 'Technical appendix for Universal Credit' with information in section 2 on Causal Link.
  4. Published 'Technical appendix for Universal Credit'.
  5. Added 'Technical appendix for calculation of the total gross estimates and net loss estimates'. Also published revised 'Technical appendix for Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Pension Credit' and 'Technical appendix for Housing Benefit' which contain changes to methodology.
  6. Published updated Housing Benefit technical appendix to accompany publication of final 2013 to 2014 estimates.
  7. First published.