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The cost of benefit fraud

The Social Security Agency continually targets Benefit Fraud. The estimated level of benefit fraud has reduced greatly from £60.9 million in 2001 to £16.9 million in 2012.
The £16.9 million of public money lost to benefit fraud in 2012 is made up of:
  • £2.5m – Income Support
  • £3.2m – Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • £2.5m – State Pension Credit
  • £4.8m – Incapacity Benefit
  • £2.1m – Employment and Support Allowance
  • £1.5m – Carer’s Allowance
  • £0.4m – Instrument of Payment (cheque) fraud
It is also estimated that a further £10m was lost through Housing Benefit fraud.
This fraud is serious. Those involved in this activity must be stopped.
Remember - "beating fraud is everyone’s business"
Help us to protect your money
If you have any information:
  • Call the Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 975 6050
  • Textphone 028 9055 6991 (not a free call)
  • Social Security Agency