Housing Benefit: Fraud

Treasury written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated level of housing benefit fraud in England was in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The figures for England only are not available. The estimated levels of housing benefit fraud in Great Britain are as follows: (a) £250 million (1.2% of spend) in 2009-10, (b) £300 million (1.4% of spend) in 2010-11 and (c) £350 million (1.5% of spend) in 2011-12.

The information is derived from the 2012-13 preliminary estimates of benefit fraud and error. Further information can be found by accessing the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/203097/nsfr-final-090513.pdf

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