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 2015/16)
- the estimated value of overpayments is £3.5 billion (a rise from the 2015/16 estimated value of £3.3 billion)
- the net government loss, after recoveries, is £2.4 billion, or 1.4% of benefit expenditure
- 0.9% of total benefit expenditure (or £1.6 billion) was underpaid due to fraud and error
Read more about which benefits we measure and how we measure them in the background information and methodology note.
Use our online tool to explore DWP’s fraud and error statistics.