National Statistics

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 preliminary estimates

Preliminary estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2015/16.

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We replaced these preliminary estimates with more up to date estimates of fraud and error in the benefit system on 8 December 2016.

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Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 preliminary estimates

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Tables: Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 preliminary estimates

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

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This report provides preliminary estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain for the financial year 2015/16. It uses data from October 2014 to September 2015.

The main points from the report are:

  • 1.8% of expenditure overpaid (this remains the lowest recorded rate, amounting to £3.1 billion of overpayments)
  • 1.0% of expenditure underpaid (this is the highest recorded rate, amounting to £1.8 billion of underpayments)
Published 19 May 2016
Last updated 8 July 2016 + full page history
  1. Revised tables: Moved Housing Benefit overpayments and underpayments due to Tax Credits out of Income – Other and into their own category (tables 3, 4, 9 and 10).
  2. Amended the underpayment confidence intervals in the PDF publication (page 11) and in the spreadsheet (table 8). Also added the percentage of Housing Benefit cases overpaid and underpaid to the spreadsheet (tables 5 and 11).
  3. First published.