Monday 18 December 2017

State overpaid more than €83m in welfare payments last year, €30m fraudulent reporters

The Department of Social Protection overpaid more than €83m in welfare payments last year, a new report shows.

The state spending watchdog, the Comptroller & Auditor General, also said that over €30m of this related to fraud.

According to the C&AG’s annual report, the state spent just under €1bn servicing the national debt in 2010 while total expenditure was €53.8bn, a reduction of 9.5pc on the previous year.

Of that spending, €725m was used to increase the state’s stake in the banks.

€4.8m was paid to political parties under the Electoral Act.

And the watchdog criticised how state bodies are wasting money.

For example, €1.5m has been doled out in payments related to the provision of private hospital services on public sites all though talks with bidders have stopped.

The report said cash management of this kind did not seem consistent "with the principle of economy in the management of State funds".

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