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Benefit Overpayments

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much benefit has been overpaid in each of the last three years, broken down by type of benefit; and what the total amount of such overpaid benefit that was recovered was in each year, broken down by type of benefit. [88465]

As part of our strategy to reduce losses from fraud and error and improve the collection of debt, in April 2001 we established the Debt Management organisation within the Department. The key priorities of Debt Management include achieving an increase in overall recoveries and a long-term reduction in debt stocks, and improving the financial control of processes and the overall efficiency of debt organisation through the establishment of specialised Debt Centres.The available information is in the tables.

Debt recorded and input to the Overpayment Recovery System by benefit
£
1999–20002000–012001–02
Attendance
Allowance9,773,288.9716,267,021.5011,955,190.03
Invalid Care
Allowance11,222,521.2311,359,424.188,180,199.74
Severe
Disablement
Allowance1,507,316.881,497,590.031,204,289.58
Disability
Living
Allowance11,022,462.6513,959,427.6210,330,301.50
Mobility
Allowance25,109.2145,899.2434,652.23
Disability
Working
Allowance145,715.5049,189.3523,843.10
Industrial
Injuries Benefit233,451.94335,067.25393,750.38
Reduced
Earnings
Allowance275,712.87198,052.42180,035.53
Industrial
Injuries Death
Benefit53,678.9164,507.42133,907.19
Child Benefit16,362,151.8814,619,039.8311,926,340.85
Family Credit5,177,369.26341,856.4490,681.85
Income Support183,084,658.39215,916,895.21214,192,488.13
Supplementary
Benefit297,945.80339,755.17204,939.63
Pre 88 Housing
Benefit40,132.4118,744.9514,817.05
Other1355,865.34355,540.93215,399.38
Jobseeker's
Allowance—
Income Based27,716,465.6627,227,901.0821,908.398.26
Earnings Top
Up1,513.70184.101,172.08
Retirement
Pension17,387,756.0623,749,019.9926,250,436.74
Incapacity
Benefit22,859,269.8125,177,744.4920,066,059.35
Unemployment
Benefit117,798.6425,349.8319,256.76
Widows Benefit3,081,283.203,846,236.413,169,276.07
Sickness Benefit97,354.3167,323.1631,810.16
Maternity
Allowance153,548.4993,694.9337,205.87
Guardians
Allowance160.002,127.802,842.85
Invalidity
Benefit942,978.38623,498.52369,246.77
Jobseeker's
Allowance—
Contributory854,384.741,017,568.55722,687.74
Total312,789,894.23357,198,660.40331,659,228.82
1 'Other' includes cases of obsolete benefits and cases where the overpayment benefit type is not identifiable, for example fraud cases where the debt has not been allocated to benefit.

Notes:

1. Amounts are calculated overpayments not estimated values of loss.

2. Figures relate primarily to recoverable debt, that is overpayments relating to customer error or fraud. Other debts recorded on the system, for example official error, are not recoverable under benefit legislation but recovery may be considered tinder common law.

Source:

Overpayments Recovery System

Overpayment summary level recoveries 1999–2000 and 2000–01

£ million

Financial year

Value of overpayment recoveries

1999–2000184
2000–01177
2001–02188

Notes:

1. Summary level recovery information cannot be broken down by benefit type.

2. Data are based on recoveries shown on the Overpayments Recovery System and the Overpayment Recovery Computer System.

3. Recoveries do not necessarily relate to overpayments identified in the same year.

Source:

Programme Accounting Computer System and Financial and Management Information System