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.)