Thursday, May 25, 2006

£1 billion lost through dole and credits fraud in 2005


According to figures published today the total cost of fraud and overpayments of dole, income support and tax credits for April 2004 to March 2005 is £960m.

I expect the knowledge that the Department of Work and Pensions is burning our money doesn't come as a surprise to many. The figures make a mockery of the DWP's calim that it is targeting benefit fraud.

4 comments:

AJD said...

It was well timed with the pensions white paper. Burying bad news again.

dizzy said...

I didn't even consider that, but now you mention it it did indeed hit the wire at the same time the Pension White Paper was "Breaking News". Note the lack of surprise in my tone?

Political Teenager said...

Fraud! Its mainly negligence - they are giving it away to anyone and not checking up on people!

Ellee Seymour said...

Also in the news today, half of court fines imposed by magistrates are not paid by offenders - most probably can't track them.