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Incapacity Benefit: Overpayments

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much incapacity benefit was overpaid due to (a) fraud, (b) official error and (c) customer error in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of the total expenditure on incapacity benefit this represented in each of these years. (246721)

DWP estimates of fraud and error in incapacity benefit up to and including 2005-06 were provided in the answer to PQ/07/117960 (Mr. Laws). DWP estimates for 2006-07 and 2007-08 are contained in the DWP publications “Fraud and Error in the Benefit System: April 2006 to March 2007” and “Fraud and Error in the Benefit System: April 2007 to March 2008”, copies of which are available in the Library.