2014 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: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The objectives of the Fraud, Error and Debt Programme are to: • Save approximately £2.1 billion in welfare benefit expenditure by the end of 2014/15 financial year. • Contribute to the Departmental target to reduce the level of overpaid benefit expenditure (the Monetary Value of Fraud and Error) to a maximum of 1.7% by 2015. • Deliver further fraud and error controls across the benefit and credit systems that are fit for purpose to protect the integrity of the welfare system. • Deliver a single fraud investigation service as a more efficient way of carrying out benefit fraud investigations currently processed separately by DWP, HMRC and Local Authorities. • Deliver infrastructure which will support improved future delivery in DWP Fraud, Error and Debt Operations. • Deliver an effective streamlined debt model for the Department that will enable Government to recover greater levels of debt, and ensure those who move off benefit can still be liable for their debt. The Programme has adopted a phased delivery approach between 2012 and 2016 and will continue to build on the successful "Spend to Save" data matching activity which is well underway to ensure a sustainable reduction in losses in the benefit system. Since 2010, initiatives have generated savings in excess of £1.1bn and will realise further savings through the life of the Programme business case.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The MPA review in November 2013 recommended ways in which the programme could be structured and driven harder, rather than about the design of the proposed solutions. The Programme has consequently enhanced its programme management processes and controls to support future successful delivery. The programme has also introduced a new governance structure which was a recommendation in the MPA review. The programme has added two debt projects, which will result in an increase in the amount of savings realised for the Government; and the development of the proposed risk assessment capability (Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service) has been transferred from the Programme to the DWP Departmental Security Design and Delivery team.
Start date: 2012-04-02
End date: 2015-03-31
Schedule text: The new initiatives added to the Programme, and resulting scope change, along with dependencies with other programmes has resulted in a change to the delivery schedule, moving the end date of the Programme to 2016. New initiatives added to the Programme will deliver further fraud, error and debt savings for the taxpayer.
Baseline: £120.60m
Forecast: £61.83m
Variance: -48.74%
Variance text: The reason for the significant under-spend against the in year budget is largely attributable to the change in approach to the Integrated Risk and Intelligence Service Project. Expenditure on the Project was not incurred in line with the original forecast profile. Following the restructure of the Programme in Summer 2013 a revised approach to the delivery of risk assessment capability is being developed.
Whole Life Cost: £770.30m
WLCost text: As the Programme has developed there have been some changes in scope with the addition of new initiatives and changes in approach to some of the existing projects. It is not anticipated that the overall whole life costs will vary materially from the original budget.
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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