Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19), fraud and error.

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Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

During the Covid19 pandemic, financial support was provided to businesses outlined at At present, how many cases of financial support is HMRC checking for fraud and error? Since such checking started how many staff are doing these checks? Plus, to date, how many cases of fraud and error have been detected and how much money is forecasted to include detention of fraud and error?

During such checking and actions taken thereafter how does HMRC distinguish between fraud and error and what legislation and guidance does it rely upon to define actual cases of [1] Fraud and or [2] Error?

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

Our ref: FOI2021/24942

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COVID-19 business grant schemes - National Audit Office

Department for Business and Trade and HM Treasury
24 MARCH 2023

'4,529,000 number of grant payments made via the schemes to businesses in the period March 2020 to March 2022

£1.1 billion estimated losses occurring as a result of error and fraud in business grant schemes, 2020-21 and 2021-22 (just under 5% of the value of grants paid to businesses)

£11.4 million of losses recovered by mid-February 2023 (around 1% of
estimated losses) '

Error and fraud in the COVID-19 schemes: methodology and approach (an update for 2022)

Updated 18 July 2022

'Detailed findings on the nature of error and fraud

For the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, new data means that we now attribute a larger proportion of the error and fraud to error than we previously published...'