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£1.5bn in benefit fraud?

Benefit officials have told the BBC they fear that as much as £1.5bn may have been lost in fraudulent claims for Universal Credit in recent weeks.
Huge demand for the benefit has seen some processes relaxed to ensure the majority of claims are paid quickly.
But officials believe that some organised crime groups - as well as individuals - may have taken advantage of the system.
The DWP said it monitors benefit fraud "very closely".
More than 1.5 million people applied for Universal Credit over the course of one four week period up to 9 April.
Over that period, applications were running at six times normal levels.
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