2013 Report details for project: Fraud, Error and Debt Programme

Project name: Fraud, Error and Debt Programme - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DWP (D10) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2013 (data is from Sept 2012)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Fraud and Error Programme will deliver services to prevent and detect fraud and error in the welfare benefit system. The Programme will adopt a phased delivery approach between 2012 and 2015 and build on the successful work of the "Spend to Save" data matching activity to ensure a sustainable reduction in losses in the benefit and tax credit system. The Fraud and Error Programme will be introducing a range of new controls and services delivered across DWP, HMRC and Local Authorities as required. The Programme will introduce an Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service (IRIS) to gather and process all data on fraud and error, brigading analytical support into a central unit and a Single Fraud Investigation Service (SFIS) to replace current Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) of DWP, Local Authorities and HMRC with a single service, and new sanctions including tougher penalties and loss of benefits.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The last MPA review assessed the Programme as Amber/Red. Actions are in hand to address all the recommendations including: a restructured Programme Board; filling of the majority of Programme vacancies; strengthening senior level leadership in Programme Management and IT delivery; and a refreshed Programme Plan. The Programme Business Case was updated in January 2013, and will be updated again ahead of the next MPA Review (once full IT costs are agreed). Areas of IT cost reduction and the technical approach are being pro-actively reviewed.
Start date: 2012-04-02
End date: 2015-03-01
Schedule text: Savings continue to be generated as planned, through Spend to Save data matching and risk assessment initiatives. The Programme has delivered savings of £814m to end March 2013. A number of new sanctions and penalties have been successfully implemented into live operations. SFIS pilots continue to roll out. Mobile Regional Taskforce anti-fraud campaigns and Credit Reference Agency data matching pilots have been introduced, and are undergoing evaluation. Active discussions are ongoing regarding the IT options and technical solution for strategic IRIS capability. The Programme has delivered stage 1 IRIS capability through new "pre-claims" checks to provide counter fraud measures in line with the roll out of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment.
Baseline: £156.30m
Forecast: £128.65m
Variance: -17.69%
Variance text: Forecast was below budget largely as a result of the impact of ongoing work to ensure the right decisions are made in relation to the IT solution and the continuation of Pilots. As a result the Programme's in year forecast has reduced significantly since the above figures were submitted
Whole Life Cost: £770.30m
WLCost text: The budget whole life costs represented an initial estimate of the overall cost of the Programme, the emerging view is that the overall Programme costs could fall below the £770m estimate.
Notes1: Fraud and Error Programme
Sourcefile: DWP_2013.csv

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