“Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – HMRC and the Department for work and Pensions – DWP released their estimates of benefit fraud and payments made in error for the 2016/17 financial year.
The figures on benefit fraud AND their errors are somewhat smaller than we are usually led to believe.
HMRC said the total “level of error and fraud favouring the claimant” was £1.32bn which although this sounds high it is in-fact just 4.9% of the total tax credits bill.
More is lost because of their incompetence than fraud
Look at the figures in detail and they debunk the benefit scrounger claim even more.
Errors favouring the claimant was £1.05bn; 3.9% of the total tax credits bill.
Fraud favouring the claimant was £280m; 1% of the total tax credits bill. …”