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Benefit fraud rise of 45% leaves taxpayers footing a £65.3m bill

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Alliance’s Kellie Armstrong

Alliance’s Kellie Armstrong

Alliance’s Kellie Armstrong

Benefit fraud has increased by 45% in just four years.

Figures from the Department for Communities show £65.3m of taxpayers' money was lost to fraud in the last financial year.

This has jumped from £45.1m in 2015/16, according to the department's annual report. Officials admit fraud is likely to rise further.


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