Work and Pensions Committee - Sixth Report
Fraud and error in the benefits system

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 7 May 2014.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

The scale of incorrectly paid benefits and Tax Credits  

Our inquiry and this Report

2 The scale of fraud and error and the Government's response

The three categories of incorrect benefit payments

The scale of benefit fraud and error  

Fraud and error risk factors

The DWP/HMRC joint fraud and error strategy

Apparent emphasis on benefit fraud  

Reducing claimant error: clarity of claimant communications

Progress towards fraud and error reduction targets

3 Housing Benefit, Universal Credit and the role of local authorities

The administration of Housing Benefit

The main Housing Benefit fraud and error risks

The Automated Transfer to Local Authority Systems

Addressing fraud and error in Universal Credit

Implementation timetable

Real-time information on earnings

The Identity Assurance programme

Potential for biometric systems

The Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service

4 The Single Fraud Investigation Service

Policy intent

Implementation timetable

Local authority and trade union concerns

Implementation timetable

Transfer of staff  

5 Data-sharing

Current uses

Calls for a bolder government approach

Payment systems data

Legal basis and data-protection concerns

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence  

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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