Committee of Public Accounts: Press Notice

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report: Department for Work and Pensions Accounts 2006-07

For the last eighteen years, the story has been the same: the Department for Work and Pensions loses enormous sums of money to fraud and error and as a result has its accounts qualified.

This year alone £2.5 billion have been lost. This might be a relatively small proportion of the total benefit bill but we must never become blasé and accepting about the wastage of billions of pounds. Each year a grievous amount of money which could be put to so much better use is being lost to fraud and official error.

The DWP is trying hard to stem the flood of money going down the drain and has made a little progress. But it remains of huge concern to our Committee that year after year billions of pounds are going into the pockets of people who are not entitled to them.

Notes for Editors

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