Disability Living Allowance: Fraud

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th July 2010.

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Photo of Phil Wilson Phil Wilson Labour, Sedgefield

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) fraud and (b) incorrect payments relating to disability living allowance in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Consistent figures for overpayments due to fraud and error on disability living allowance are only available from 2004-05.

The information is shown in the following table.

Estimated overpayments due to fraud and error on disability living allowance: From 2004-05 to 2009-10
£ million
Fraud Customer error Official error
2004-05 40 50 60
2005-06 40 50 70
2006-07 40 60 70
2007-08 50 60 80
2008-09 50 70 80
2009-10(1) 60 70 90
(1) Preliminary estimates.


Estimates are rounded to the nearest £10 million.


National Statistics: Fraud and Error in the Benefit System (various publications)

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