Increase in Social Welfare fraud

Over 28 thousand people reported allegations of social welfare fraud last year - up from almost 17 thousand is 2011.

The Department of Social Protection saved 669 million euro through a clampdown on social welfare fraud last year - exceeding the target set, by over 20 million euro.

Over one million reviews of social welfare claims were carried out - and most of the savings came from reviews of One Parent Family Payments, Pensions, Jobseekers, Illness, and Child Benefit payments.

The Department has set a new target of 710 million euro in savings for this year.