2015 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: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Fraud, Error and Debt Programme aims to deliver into the Department the means to prevent fraud and error in the first instance; detect and correct fraud and error where it does exist; deliver tough punishments for those who defraud the system; and deter those who would try to abuse the system in future. The objectives of the Programme are to: • Save approximately £2 billion in welfare benefit expenditure by the end of the 2014-15 financial year. • Contribute to the Department’s target to reduce the level of benefit expenditure overpaid to a maximum of 1.7 per cent by 2015. • 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. • Introduce the capability for a range of business users across DWP to access HMRC Real Time Information on earnings and employer data;. • Deliver a referral and case management system to support improved Fraud, Error and Debt Operations. • Enable the Government to recover greater levels of debt, and ensure those who move off benefit can still be liable for their debt. The Programme is adopting a phased delivery approach between 2012 and 2017 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. The Programme generated £1.8 billion in savings up to the end of September 2014, and will realise further savings through the life of the programme business case.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Programme had an MPA review in November 2014. This recognised the good governance processes in place and the significant progress made by the Programme in the last year. The review team stated that it was particularly impressed by the Programme’s benefits management, describing it as ‘an exemplar across government’.
Start date: 2012-04-02
End date: 2017-03-31
Schedule text: A number of new initiatives have been added to the Programme. This change in scope, along with dependencies with other programmes, has resulted in a change to the delivery schedule, including moving the end date of the Programme to 2017. These new initiatives will deliver further fraud, error and debt savings for the taxpayer.
Baseline: £111.30m
Forecast: £98.81m
Variance: -11.00%
Variance text: The overall reduction in forecast against budget is largely attributable to changes in the level of resource that the Programme has needed to deploy against the original resource estimates together with changes in the forecast level and timing of IT expenditure.
Whole Life Cost: £838.90m
WLCost text: The budgeted whole life costs are based on the business case as at June 2014 and include changes to the scope of the Programme. The whole life costs to 2021-22 include implementation and running costs of a Single Fraud Investigation Service, a number of Spend to Save projects, and changes to Fraud Sanctions and Debt Recovery initiatives.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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