Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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And Statistics

According to the article here, Benefit fraud and errors hit £3.1Bn last year.  Which seems like a lot of money to your average person on the street.

Of course, it then qualifies that only £1Bn of that was fraud.  Still, seems like a lot, doesn't it?  You could do quit a lot with £1Bn.  At least, I could.

But then you can see how much the government spends on benefit in the UK and see that that's less than 1% of benefit spending.

The question being - how much effort do you want to spend to get fraud down below 0.5%? 
What's an acceptable level of fraud, considering that (nearly) every method that's used to cut down on fraud makes life harder for legitimate claimants?
I wonder how much is being spent on fraud prevention, and how much it saves.

(If I've got my numbers wrong somewhere then please correct me.)
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