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Fraud in the benefit system is a serious problem, which is currently costing the taxpayer £1.6 billion a year in benefit and tax credit fraud. This loss is unfair, unaffordable and unacceptable. This is why our joint DWP and HMRC fraud and error strategy published last October and measures in the Welfare Reform Bill are necessary and show that the Government are absolutely committed to reducing the level of fraud in the benefit system.
These initiatives focus on preventing fraud and error from entering the system in the first place, detecting and correcting mistakes when they do happen, delivering tough punishments for those who defraud the system, and deterring those who would try to abuse the system in the future.