National Statistics

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2014/15 estimates

Final estimates of total overpayments and underpayments across the benefit system in financial year 2014/15.

Documents

Fraud and error in the benefit system: final 2014/15 estimates first release

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Tables: Fraud and error in the benefit system, final 2014/15 estimates

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Fraud and error in the benefit system: background information and methodology

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Fact sheet: Fraud and error in the benefit system, final 2014/15 estimates

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Infographic: Do you know? Insight into benefit fraud and error estimates

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Infographic: Methodology change, Housing Benefit

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Info-bite: Overpayments in the benefit system

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Details

This report provides estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain for the financial year 2014/15. The main points from the report are:

  • 1.8% of total benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud and error (the lowest recorded rate of overpayments)
  • the estimated value of overpayments is £3.0 billion (a fall from the 2013/14 estimated value of £3.4 billion)
  • the net government loss, after recoveries, is £2.1 billion, or 1.2% of benefit expenditure
  • 0.9% of total benefit expenditure (or £1.5bn) was underpaid due to fraud and error, both unchanged from 2013/14

Next release: May 2016.

More information

The final estimates on this page replace the archived preliminary 2014/2015 estimates published in May 2015.

Send any comments or questions about our fraud and error estimates to caxtonhouse.femaenquiries@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Published 5 November 2015