National Statistics

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2016 to 2017 estimates

Final estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2016 to 2017.

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Fraud and error in the benefit system: final 2016 to 2017 estimates first release

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Tables: Fraud and error in the benefit system, final 2016 to 2017 estimates (ODS)

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Tables: Fraud and error in the benefit system, final 2016 to 2017 estimates (XLS)

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Background information: Fraud and error in the benefit system statistics

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Details

This report provides final estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain for the financial year 2016 to 2017.

The main points from the report are:

  • 2.0% of total benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud and error (up from 1.9% in 2015 to 2016)
  • the estimated value of overpayments is £3.6 billion (a rise from the 2015 to 2016 estimated value of £3.3 billion)
  • the net government loss, after recoveries, is £2.5 billion, or 1.4% of benefit expenditure
  • 1.0% of total benefit expenditure (or £1.7 billion) was underpaid due to fraud and error

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More information

The final estimates on this page replace the archived preliminary 2016 to 2017 estimates published in May 2017.

Published 30 November 2017
Last updated 5 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added a background information note to the page.
  2. First published.