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Friday 22 September 2017

One in 10 getting more than fair share of benefits

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

ONE in 10 people investigated over dole payments as part of a social welfare probe were found to be receiving more benefits than they were entitled to.

A jobseeker's allowance fraud error survey, which looked at 1,000 random cases, revealed that 11pc of benefit recipients were getting more than they should have been.

Suspected fraud was identified in 3pc of cases examined, while errors by officials accounted for 4.1pc.

The review conducted by social welfare investigators also found that 4.1pc of recipients examined were claiming too little.

The report said that the Department of Social Protection had recorded overpayments of welfare entitlements totalling €66.8m in 2009.

These overpayments represented 0.3pc of overall spending on welfare schemes and were linked to just over 42,500 cases.

The department was able to recover €32.9m of the money that had been overpaid.

Irish Independent

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