Ministers’ Attempts To Slash Fraud And Error In The Benefits System May Be Undermined

  • The works and pensions select committee mentioned that MP's have warned that Ministers' error in the benefit system as well as their attempts to slash fraud could be a problem.

    This is due to the indecision over how the housing element of universal credit will work.

    Nevertheless, local authorities can cross-check claims across range of data relating to other council services, according to reports by Inside Housing.

    Dame Anne Begg, chair of the committee also said:

    "Universal credit has the potential over the longer term to substantially reduce fraud and error in the benefits system.

    However, this could be seriously undermined because of the uncertainty about DWP will administer the housing element of universal credit without increased rises of fraud and error."

    The committee also said the public's perception of the rate of benefit fraud was 34 times higher than the actual rate."

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