Government campaign to beat benefits fraud saves £400m

The
latest campaign to clamp down on benefit cheats has saved the taxpayer more
than £400m, according to Government figures.

The
latest annual figures for the main two benefits, Income Support and Jobseeker’s
Allowance, show the Government is on course to cut fraud and error by half over
the next two years.

The
Department for Work and Pensions has reduced error and fraud by 29 per cent,
exceeding its target for April 2004.

Around
£2bn is lost to benefits cheats every year and fraud minister Chris Pond said this
was costing schools and hospitals valuable funding.

By Ross Wigham

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