DWP's £4.5bn in benefit errors and fraud

Sarah Coles
Margaret Hodge
Margaret Hodge

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The Department of Work and Pensions has failed to administer its spending properly for an incredible 24 years in a row. The National Audit Office has highlighted that this year a massive £4.5 billion has been handed out incorrectly because of fraud or error - and that the department has failed to make any improvements at all over the past year.

So what's going on, and what can be done?