Welfare probe finds fraud worth over €500m - National News - Independent.ie
Certainly good news, and a victory for the dept, beating its own targets for the review. As a stats nerd I'd be interested to hear a bit more about the 900k payments investigated. It's not going to be 900k people investigated, there will be multiple payments examined for some people. How were those people selected? Was it random or were there certain triggers involved which flag the person for review? If random then what % of recipients were examined claiming how much? Do the dept feel that they should be able to expand their function?
Among the payments checked were those made to lone parents, where officials checked if a person in receipt of the money was living alone, and jobseeker's allowance, where it was suspected the recipient may have taken up employment.
Figures from the department show:
- €501m has been saved in the first eight months of the year in the fraud crackdown.
- The department is on course to achieve savings of €645m this year.
- Some 1,331 employers and businesses were inspected to ensure that fraud was not being conducted.
- 917,114 individual payments were reviewed, ahead of a target of 780,000 for the year.
Last year, some €21bn was spent on social welfare payments, 40pc of current government expenditure..
The jobseeker's allowance, one-parent family, and disability allowance are the most common payments involving fraud.
Regardless, good to see the dept beating its review target by approx 12% by November. A 2.5% saving on the overall welfare cost due to these investigations is impressive stuff, lets hope that the dept are offered funding increases next year to widen the net if they feel it appropriate.