Significant rise in HB overpayments

Housing Benefit Overpayment

The estimate of Housing Benefit expenditure overpaid for 2012/13 is 5.8% which is an increase when compared to the 2012/13 estimate of 5.1% and the 2011/12 estimate of 4.9%. The overpaid value in 2013/14 is £1,380 m.

This is an increase compared to the overpaid value
in 2012/13 of £1,220m and £1,130m in 2011/12.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311236/nsfr-final-150514.pdf