In April 2013, One Family carried out an analysis of the Department of Social Protection’s (DSP) Reporting of ‘Control Savings’. Control Savings is the internal performance indicator on the effectiveness of the Department of Social Protection’s (DSP) control measures. We found that there is enough evidence to be concerned that the Department’s guidelines are not applied consistently across regions and that the predetermined multipliers used to generate estimated future savings do not accurately reflect return rates to welfare schemes.
Read or download the analysis here: One Family Analysis_DSP Control Savings Research_April 2013.
One Family’s findings:
- The multiplier used to calculate potential savings by the Department is 4 1/4 times higher than that used to calculate potential savings in Jobseekers Allowance.
- Consequently reported levels of OPFP fraud have been inflated.
- This highlights a significant error with the Department’s predetermined multipliers Office of the (Comptroller & Auditor General. (2011), op cit., pp 471-472).