Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total value is of outstanding benefit overpayments due to be recovered by his Department.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

Holding answer received on 30 October 2015

The latest preliminary figures for 2014/15 estimate Fraud and Error levels as £3.2 billion, or 1.9% of benefit expenditure. The net figure after recoveries is £2.3bn, or 1.4%. This means that DWP Fraud and Error is at its lowest ever level.

The total value of outstanding benefit overpayments as of 1 October 2015 is £2.5 billion. This represents less than 1.5% of the total benefit expenditure of £168 billion for 2014 – 2015.

The Department recovered over £1.3 billion of debt in 2014-2015, including benefit debts.

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