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Council Tax: Fraud

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount of money lost to council tax benefit fraud in the financial year (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (130183)

Council tax benefit is similar to housing benefit in both regulations and administration. The following table shows estimated overpaid expenditure for council tax benefit by applying the proportion of expenditure that was overpaid for housing benefit, to the total expenditure on council tax benefit.

Estimated overpayment due to fraud in council tax benefit

Percentage of expenditure

Overpaid £ million

2004-5

1.3

50

2005-6

1.0

40