This National Statistics report has been published according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
The report estimates fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain:
- preliminary estimates for 2013 to 2014 find that 2.0% of total benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud and error, this has fallen from the 2012 to 2013 estimate of 2.1% due to the removal of Council Tax Benefit
- the estimated value of overpayments is £3.3 billion, which is a fall from the 2012 to 2013 estimated value of £3.5 billion
- preliminary estimates for 2013 to 2014 find that 0.9% of total benefit expenditure was underpaid due to fraud and error, which is the same as the 2012 to 2013 estimate
- the estimated value of underpayments is £1.4 billion, which is a fall from the 2012 to 2013 estimated value of £1.6 billion because of the fall in expenditure
This is the first time we are publishing continuously measured estimates for fraud and claimant error in Employment and Support Allowance.
These statistics have been assessed by the UK Statistics Authority.
If you have any comments, questions or any general queries regarding our publication, please email the Fraud and Error Measurement Analysis Team
Next release: November 2014