I thought the astonishing average £248,780 cost of each tax avoidance case identified as outstanding at H M Revenue & Customs by the National Audit Office should be benchmarked for comparison. The total outstanding is £10.2 billion.
So I’ve compared it with the average cost of each local authority housing can council tax fraud case identified in a report by the Audit Commission, also published this month. They found fraud of £117 million spread over 54,000 cases in 2011/12. That’s an average cost of £2,166 each. I suspect that is typical of all benefit frauds.
Let’s plot this:
Now which one of those two requires more attention and publicity, do you think?
So why do we always here about benefit fraud?