According to the UK Parliament Select Committee the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) has failed to tackle problems of Housing Benefit fraud and error quickly & convincingly. Yesterday’s report is a must read. Check it out!
What caught my attention was the following:
Around £12.6 billion has been spent on Housing Benefit overpayments since 2000/01 – money that could have been used to improve the system.
The size of the over-payments is going up not down. In the last financial year £1.4bn of overpayments were made.
What is truly amazing is that the rate of fraud is increasing after nearly four years of David Cameron’s government, despite austerity.
Let me ask two open questions:
1. Given the massive fraud at the DWP, surely it’s better to outsource administration?
2. Surely, it would be preferable to scrap housing benefit, and find a more effective way of helping the needy?