DWP to use RTI to tackle benefit fraud

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Rachael Power
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced it will link benefits with the PAYE tax system via RTI in order to combat fraud.

The move is part of a long term initiative, including a series of other measures, to tackle fraud and errors.

It announced the plans alongside the publication of its 2012/13 benefits error and fraud figures. Figures show that fraud and claimant error overpayments totalled £3.5bn last year, or 2.1% of welfare expenditure.

Around £1.2bn of expenditure is overpaid due to fraud, £1.6bn due to claimant error and £800,000 due to official error.

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22nd Jan 2014 12:52

RTI and benefits

This is already happening.

A client of mine who uses casual labour tells me that all eleven of his employees are being investigated for benefit fraud.

Information would almost certainly have come from RTI

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