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Work and Pensions

Volume 650: debated on Thursday 6 December 2018

Carer’s Allowance Overpayments

The following is an extract from a debate in Westminster Hall on Carer’s Allowance Overpayments on 27 November 2018.

We suspect that the estimate of 5.5% fraud and error, which was set in 1996-97, does not reflect the reality today. The new measure, which will come in next year, can accurately set out where we should be, and where we should then target and prioritise our resources to prevent, identify and counter fraud and error even more effectively and efficiently.

[Official Report, 27 November 2018, Vol. 650, c. 71WH.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the hon. Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson).

An error has been identified in my response to the debate.

The correct response should have been:

We suspect that the estimate of 5.5% fraud and error, which was set in 1996-97, does not reflect the reality today. The new measure, which will come in 2020, can accurately set out where we should be, and where we should then target and prioritise our resources to prevent, identify and counter fraud and error even more effectively and efficiently.