Department for Work and Pensions Report – 2011
The Department’s total expenditure on benefits in 2010-11 was some £153.6bn, of which £127.0bn was in respect of benefits paid directly by the Department and £26.6bn in respect of benefits paid on the Department’s behalf by Local Authorities, mainly Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. Note 43 to the Department’s accounts sets out expenditure by benefit type and the Department’s estimate of the extent of fraud and error in each type. The Note also explains the extent of statistical uncertainty inherent in these estimates and the difficulty in identifying certain types of complex error and well concealed frauds, and that therefore some caution must be exercised when examining the estimates for trends. The estimate of fraud and error disclosed in the accounts is nevertheless the best measure
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