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Benefits - there's far less fraud than they say

Issue No. 2354

A poll carried out by the TUC shows people think 27 percent commit benefit fraud.

The reality is very different from the media and government lie. 

The DWP’s own figures show that only 0.7 percent of total benefit spending was lost to fraud last year.

Money not paid to people that was owed to them remains higher than benefit fraud. 

Last year 0.9 percent or £1.4 billion of benefits was underpaid.

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