Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (190)

Denis Naughten

Question:

190. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Social Protection the fraud savings target set for each scheme in 2012; the fraud savings to date under each scheme and the number of claims involved; the level of fraud under each scheme based on the most recent fraud survey; the total annual amount paid under each scheme and the number of recipients; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49174/12]

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My Department has a target of reviewing 985,000 individual welfare claims and achieving €645 million in control savings for 2012. Up to the end of September 2012, some €501 million in estimated control savings has been reported and over 917,000 reviews have been carried out. I fully expect that my Department will achieve the 2012 control targets.

Control savings represent an estimate of the value of prevented expenditure from control activity over a future period. Control savings are not actual monies recovered by the Department but are a good indication of the increase in social welfare expenditure that would occur without these activities taking place. These activities also have a deterrent or knock-on effect, which are not readily quantifiable in monetary terms. Control savings are used as a performance indicator for year-on-year activities.

The following table gives a breakdown of the control savings and reviews recorded up to end Sept 2012.

Achieve to end of September 2012 (YTD)

Annual Savings Target €M

Amt. of savings YTD €M

Annual Reviews

Target

No of Reviews YTD

Jobseeker Allowance & Benefit

€102.00

€64.00

194,000

174,000

Illness Benefit & Medical Review Assessment

80.00

€44.00

154,000

100,000

Disability Allowance/Invalidity Pension/DCA

39.00

€23.00

30,000

23,000

State Pension Non Con & Estates

€61.00

€54.00

8,000

5,000

State Pension Con./Transitional Pension

€63.00

€63.00

5,000

11,000

One Family Parent

€116.00

€92.00

90,000

73,000

Widows/Widowers/Survivors & Civil Partners

€30.00

€37.00

2,000

8,000

Maintenance Recovery Unit

€4.000

€2.00

2,500

4,000

Child Benefit

€72.00

€70.00

247,000

335,000

Carers

€12.00

€12.00

4,000

17,000

Family Income Support

€12.00

€14.00

26,000

23,000

Free Schemes & Others

€24.00

€6.00

20,000

15,000

PRSI

€4.00

€6.00

2,500

7,000

SWA

€26.00

€14.00

200,000

122,000

€645.00

€501.00

985,000

917,000

Under the Fraud Initiative 2011 - 2013, the Department plans to undertake at least two fraud and error surveys each year. These surveys highlight the risk of non-compliance with the rules of the schemes being surveyed at a particular point in time and enable the Department to target those schemes for stronger control measures, where necessary. Results are presented in terms of the net rate of fraud and error which refers to the position after account is taken of decreases or increases in weekly rates, termination of payments, transfers to other payments and the position following appeal of any cases affected.

Fraud and Error Surveys were published on three schemes in 2012 - Jobseekers Benefit, Disability Allowance and One Parent Family Payment and the results were as follows:

- Jobseekers Benefit - the net cost of fraud and error in the claims surveyed was found to be 1.6% of expenditure. Of this, 0.1% related to suspected fraud and 1.5% related to error.

- Disability Allowance - the net cost of fraud and error in the claims surveyed was found to be 2.1% of expenditure. Of this, 1.2% related to suspected fraud and 0.9% related to error.

- One Parent Family Payment - the net cost of fraud and error in the claims surveyed was found to be 2.7% of expenditure. Of this, 2.3% related to suspected fraud and 0.4% related to error.

A fraud & error survey on the Child Benefit scheme has been completed and will be published in the coming weeks. A survey on Jobseekers Allowance began in September 2012 and further surveys are planned for 2013.

The following tables provide details of the number of recipients and the total amount paid under each scheme in 2011 and as requested by the Deputy.

Recipients 2011

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

96,749

State Pension (Contributory)

296,995

State Pension (Transition)

12,110

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension

115,762

Death Benefit Pension

628

Total Number of Recipients of Pensions

522,244

Jobseeker's Allowance

283,929

One-Parent Family Payment

90,307

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension

1,959

Deserted Wife's Allowance

409

Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance(1)

34,597

Farm Assist

11,333

Pre-Retirement Allowance

4,820

Jobseeker's Benefit

96,044

Deserted Wife's Benefit

8,071

Maternity Benefit

23,947

Adoptive Benefit

45

Health and Safety Benefit

61

Total Number of Recipients of Working Age on Income Supports

555,522

Back to Education Allowance

24,666

Back to Work Allowance Employee

182

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

Self - Employed First Year

5,617

Self - Employed Years 2 - 4

5,134

Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme

180

Community Employment Programme(2)

22,589

Tús- Community Work Placement Scheme(3)

2,077

Rural Social Scheme(4)

2,537

Total Number of Recipients of Working Age on Employment Supports

62,982

Disability Allowance

102,866

Blind Pension

1,496

Carer's Allowance

51,666

Illness Benefit

73,397

Interim Illness Benefit

327

Injury Benefit

776

Invalidity Pension

49,792

Disablement Benefit

13,993

Carer's Benefit

1,637

Total People with Disabilities

295,950

Family Income Supplement

28,876

Guardian's Payment (Contributory)

955

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory)

441

Total Children

30,272

Rent Allowance

159

Grand Total

1,467,129

Annual Expenditure 2011

Type of Payment

Provisional

-

€000

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

971,566

State Pension (Contributory)

3,622,767

State Pension (Transition)

132,396

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension

1,337,868

Death Benefit Pension

7,977

Bereavement Grants

19,440

Total Pensions

6,092,014

Jobseeker's Allowance

2,974,987

One Parent Family Payment

1,088,897

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension

18,173

Deserted Wife's Allowance

4,211

Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance(2)

174,349

Farm Assist

113,724

Pre-Retirement Allowance

59,942

Jobseeker's Benefit

927,105

Deserted Wife's Benefit

85,828

Maternity Benefit

309,143

Adoptive Benefit

1,075

Health and Safety Benefit

643

Redundancy and Insolvency

326,892

Treatments Benefits

23,042

Exceptional Needs and Urgent Payments

62,228

Other Supplements

12,766

Humanitarian Aid

359

Total Working Age Income Supports

6,183,364

Community Employment

349,396

Other Employment Programmes

48,180

Integration Supports

27,158

Employment Support Services

435,163

Total Working Age Employment Supports

859,897

Disability Allowance

1,089,178

Blind Pension

15,625

Carer's Allowance

507,193

Domiciliary Care Allowance

99,924

Respite Care Grant

130,392

Illness Benefit

875,641

Injury Benefit

16,508

Invalidity Pension

606,512

Disablement Benefit

77,460

Medical Care Scheme

317

Carer's Benefit

24,474

Total Illness, Disability and Caring

3,443,224

Child Benefit

2,076,338

Family Income Supplement

204,543

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

90,909

School Meals Scheme

34,975

Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory)

5,134

Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant (Non-Contributory)

276

Guardian's Payments (Contributory)

11,502

Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant (Contributory)

6,228

Total Children

2,429,905

Household Benefits and Free Travel(3)

711,011

Rent Allowance

701

Supplementary Payments(3)

617,894

Total Supplementary Payments

1,329,606

Administration - Insurance Schemes

280,984

Administration - Assistance Schemes

348,847

Total Administration

629,831

Grand Total

20,967,841

Question No. 191 withdrawn.