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Estimates of average numbers of incorrect cases in Jobseeker's Allowance at any one time
Government office region Fraud Customer error Official error Total

2001-02

North East

3,000

1,000

2,000

6,000

North West

8,000

2,000

7,000

16,000

Yorkshire and the Humber

7,000

2,000

7,000

15,000

East Midlands

3,000

1,000

6,000

9,000

West Midlands

6,000

1,000

5,000

12,000

East

3,000

2,000

5,000

9,000

London

15,000

4,000

13,000

31,000

South East

5,000

1,000

4,000

10,000

South West

3,000

2,000

3,000

7,000

Wales

2,000

1,000

2,000

5,000

Scotland

6,000

1,000

5,000

12,000

2002-03

North East

2,000

1,000

2,000

5,000

North West

5,000

3,000

7,000

14,000

Yorkshire and the Humber

3,000

2,000

4,000

8,000

East Midlands

3,000

1,000

4,000

8,000

West Midlands

5,000

2,000

4,000

11,000

East

3,000

2,000

4,000

9,000

London

10,000

2,000

17,000

28,000

South East

5,000

2,000

7,000

12,000

South West

2,000

2,000

5,000

8,000

Wales

2,000

1,000

2,000

5,000

Scotland

7,000

1,000

6,000

14,000

2003-04

North East

3,000

1,000

3,000

6,000

North West

4,000

4,000

8,000

15,000

Yorkshire and the Humber

2,000

3,000

5,000

10,000

East Midlands

2,000

2,000

4,000

7,000

West Midlands

3,000

4,000

5,000

11,000

East

1,000

3,000

4,000

8,000

London

6,000

6,000

18,000

29,000

South East

4,000

3,000

8,000

14,000

South West

1,000

2,000

5,000

8,000

Wales

1,000

2,000

2,000

5,000

Scotland

4,000

3,000

6,000

13,000

2004-05

North East

1,000

1,000

2,000

4,000

North West

2,000

3,000

4,000

9,000

Yorkshire and the Humber

2,000

2,000

4,000

7,000

East Midlands

0

2,000

2,000

4,000

West Midlands

1,000

3,000

3,000

7,000

East

1,000

2,000

4,000

6,000

London

4,000

6,000

14,000

22,000

South East

3,000

3,000

6,000

10,000

South West

1,000

1,000

2,000

4,000

Wales

1,000

1,000

1,000

3,000

Scotland

2,000

3,000

4,000

9,000

2005-06

North East

0

1,000

2,000

3,000

North West

4,000

2,000

5,000

9,000

Yorkshire and the Humber

3,000

1,000

3,000

7,000

East Midlands

0

1,000

3,000

4,000

West Midlands

1,000

3,000

4,000

6,000

East

1,000

1,000

3,000

5,000

London

3,000

2,000

7,000

11,000

South East

1,000

2,000

3,000

6,000

South West

1,000

1,000

3,000

5,000

Wales

1,000

0

2,000

3,000

Scotland

1,000

2,000

2,000

5,000

Notes:
1. The estimates are of the average number of cases that were incorrect at any point during the year. They are not estimates of the total number of individual cases affected during the year.
2. Estimates are of incorrectness, so include both overpayments and underpayments.
3. Estimates are rounded to the nearest 1,000. An entry of zero indicates an estimate of less than 500.
4. There is some overlap between the fraud and error categories, as it is possible for example for an official to make an error on a case that is already fraudulent. This means that the customer error and official error estimates should not be summed to give an overall error estimate.
5. Income support estimates refer only to working age claimants.

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