A study of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) fraud, who commits it and how governments have responded to the problem

Hammond, Jonathan (2012) A study of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) fraud, who commits it and how governments have responded to the problem. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation aims to provide an assessment of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) fraud in the light of government figures that estimate only one in every 200 claims to be fraudulent from an annual budget exceeding £12 billion. The study uses relevant secondary data from various sources including internal reports and statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) combined with available literature around the subject to present a case that calls into serious question any assertion that DLA fraud is in fact negligible. Further weight is provided to the study through the conduct of primary research amongst a sample group of DLA investigators that offers an insight into the world of DLA fraud that is rarely seen. Motivations that may drive normally law abiding citizens to commit fraud are considered, acknowledging the temptations of a benefit that offers generous provisions with few controls. The report recognises the difficulties associated with addressing disability fraud and the political sensitivities involved. However, it will be shown that key errors have been made in failing to identify fraud in DLA with surprising contrast to the way mainstream benefit fraud is addressed. Ultimately, the report argues that there are strong indicators signalling significant problems with DLA fraud and identifies serious weaknesses in a system that is vulnerable to abuse. Finally, recommendations are made in support of minimising the threat of fraud to the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) due to replace DLA in 2013, using lessons learned from the past.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2012 16:25
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:11
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/9703

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