Our friend in the Black Isles Alex Tiffin, editor of the Universal Credit Sufferers site has written an impressive article which reveals the true story behind the question of benefit fraud.
“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.”
But more is lost because of HMRC/DWP incompetence than fraud.
Alex continues …
“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…
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