Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: Fraud

Treasury written question – answered on 17th May 2022.

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Photo of Abena Oppong-Asare Abena Oppong-Asare Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of Eat to Help Out funds that were claimed fraudulently.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

HMRC identifies claims for compliance checks where the amount of the claim is out of step with other information. The risk that a claim is incorrect may be due to either an honest mistake or fraud, and the reason cannot be established until the check is concluded.

Estimates for the proportion of error and fraud were published in November 2021, and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/measuring-error-and-fraud-in-the-covid-19-schemes/measuring-error-and-fraud-in-the-covid-19-support-schemes-methodology-and-approach.

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