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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money her Department (a) lost in each year since 2005 and (b) expects to lose in each of the next three years through administrative error. (303401)

The available information is in the following table.

Estimated overpayments due to official error since 2005-06

Overpayments due to Official Error (administrative error) (£ billion)

Overpayments due to Official Error (administrative error) as a percentage of overall benefit expenditure

2005-06

0.9

0.7

2006-07

0.9

0.8

2007-08

0.9

0.7

2008-09

0.8

0.6

Source:

National Statistics publication ‘Fraud and Error in the Benefit System: April 2008 to March 2009’

The Department does not produce projections for future losses as a result of administrative error. However, the Department has a strategic objective to reduce overpayments as a result of fraud, official error and customer error combined to 1.8 of overall benefit expenditure per cent by March 2011.