Disability fraud rare

    Fraudulent claims for incapacity benefit account for less than
    one in 200 cases, the Department for Work and Pensions has
    revealed.

    Campaigners for disabled people hope the results of a government
    review of the benefit received by more than a million people will
    end the belief that many claims are bogus.

    In fact, fraud is suspected in just 0.5 per cent of cases
    compared with official errors in 2.1 per cent and customer errors
    in 0.9 per cent.

    Lorna Reith, spokesperson for the Disability Benefits Consortium
    and chief executive of the Disability Alliance, said: “We hope the
    level of incapacity benefit paid out will now replace claims of
    fraud at the top of the political agenda.

    “Currently, the benefit does not provide for those who cannot
    work. Far too many incapacity benefit recipients are living in or
    on the margins of poverty.”

    Fraud and Error in Claims to Incapacity Benefit from:

    www.dss.gov.uk/publications/dss/2001/incapacity/frerin.pdf

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