National Statistics

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: August 2011

Statistics on fraud volumes and incorrectly paid benefit for the period between April 2008 and March 2011.


Statistical First Release


Highlights of the report include:

  • the total value of Housing Benefit (HB) overpayments outstanding stood at £968m, an 18% increase
  • the value of HB overpayments identified during the quarter increased by 4.8%
  • the value of HB overpayments recovered has increased by 9.2%
  • the value of HB overpayments written off has reduced by 20.4%
Published 24 August 2011