Carer’s Allowance is a benefit paid by the Department for Work and Pensions to carers who meet eligibility criteria. At an estimated rate of 5.5% it has one of the highest rates of fraud and error of all benefits administered by the Department.
The Work & Pensions Committee published correspondence in November 2018 from Peter Schofield, Permanent Secretary at the DWP, revealing that some carers have accrued nearly £50,000 in overpayments of the benefit over many years and showing that the average overpayment this year to date is at a five-year high of £1,427.
The NAO is undertaking an investigation into DWP’s administration of Carer’s Allowance which will set out the facts about how the benefit works and the Department’s measurement of the fraud and error rate. The NAO will also look at the Department’s approach to compliance and how it seeks to recover overpayments from carers.
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