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Department for Work and Pensions Accounts 2019-20

Inquiry

For 32 years running, the National Audit Office has had to “qualify” the annual accounts of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because of the rate and level of error and fraud in the Department’s payment of benefits.  

In its report on DWP’s accounts for 2019-20, the NAO says overpayment of benefits, whether due to Department or claimant error, or fraud, is running at record levels, representing £4.6 billion paid out wrongly.  

DWP is responsible for annual benefit expenditure – excluding pensions - of well over £90bn. It has a responsibility to pay claimants on time, and in full, in accordance with legislation and the related regulations.

The Committee will hold a hearing with DWP officials in the autumn. If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Monday 14 September.  

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Twenty-Sixth Report - Department of Work and Pensions Accounts 2019-20
Inquiry Department for Work and Pensions Accounts 2019-20
Committees Public Accounts Committee
HC 681
Report
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Twenty sixth report from Session 2019-21
HC 681
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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24 September 2020
Inquiry Department for Work and Pensions Accounts 2019-20
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Oral Evidence

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  • Email: pubaccom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 3273 (General enquiries). For all media enquiries please contact Jessica Bridges Palmer bridgespalmerj@parliament.uk / 07917488489
  • Address: Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA