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The cost of benefit fraud

The estimated level of benefit fraud has reduced from £60.9 million back in 2001. It is estimated that in 2014, £25.2 million of public money was lost through benefit fraud. This figure is made up of:
  • £9.5m – Employment and Support Allowance
  • £7.7m – Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • £4.8m – State Pension Credit
  • £1.7m – Carer’s Allowance
  • £1.3m – Income Support
  • £0.18m – Incapacity Benefit
It is also estimated that a further £18.4m was lost through Housing Benefit fraud.
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