This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Percentage of allegations of disability benefit fraud from the public that are false'.

 
 
 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team 
 
 
 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx 
 
 
 
Our Ref: FOI2019/39323 
 
 
14 November 2019 
 
 
 
Dear Disabled People Against Cuts, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 27 October. You asked:  
 
What is the percentage of allegations of disability benefit fraud (ESA and PIP) that have been 
investigated and found to be false, during the years April 2017 - 2018 and April 2018 -2019
 
 
 
DWP Response: 
 
I can confirm that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does hold the information that 
you have requested. 
 
The percentage of allegations of disability benefit fraud investigated that proved to be non-
fraudulent in 2017 – 2018 was 89%*. 
 
The percentage of allegations of disability benefit investigated that proved to be non-fraudulent 
in 2018 – 2019 was 89%*. 
 
These are national figures and represent the percentage of allegations received from the 
members of the public where ESA and / or PIP were in payment during the requested time 
frame.  
 
All allegations of fraud received are checked to see if the allegation can be substantiated. In 
cases where there is no evidence of wrong doing, the referral will be closed at the earliest 
possible stage.  
 
Not all allegations will be dealt with by a fraud investigator. Some referrals will be directed to 
our Compliance Teams who conduct reviews of customer’s benefit claims and make any 
necessary corrections. Duplicate referrals will also be removed as soon as they are identified.   
 
*The offences collated within our data contain both disability and non-disability related 
offences. 
 
*These figures have been rounded to the nearest 1%.  
 
 


If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
 
Yours sincerely,  
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
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If you are not happy with this response you may request an internal review by e-mailing freedom-of-information-
xxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx 
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review request should be submitted within two months of the date of this letter.  
 
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Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF 
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