Magazine article Public Finance

DWP 'Not Complacent' as Benefit Fraud Is Halved

Magazine article Public Finance

DWP 'Not Complacent' as Benefit Fraud Is Halved

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The public sector could employ an additional 5,700 doctors, 12,800 nurses or 9,100 police officers annually with the money it loses through two forms of benefit fraud.

A study by the Department for Work and Pensions reveals that the sector is still losing vast sums around £400m each year - through fraud involving Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support, despite more fraudsters having been caught and better preventive measures put in place since 1998.

Benefits minister James Plaskitt released estimates of fraud across 11 UK regions on October 3.

London, the most populous area, houses the most prolific offenders. Public authorities in the capital lose as much as E80m annually to JSA or IS fraud. The rest of the Southeast loses a further £68m annually, while authorities in the Northwest (£50m), Scotland (£4Zm) and Wales (£19m) also lose significant sums. …

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