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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 2012, £16.9 million of public money was lost through benefit fraud. This figure 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.
  • Social Security Agency