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Fraud

 The council has not used their powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014.

The Council has a Corporate Fraud and Compliance Officer, 0.53FTE.

 In 2018/19 there had been 113 fraud referrals received from the DWP relating to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction.  All were investigated and overpayments were identified in some cases.  There were 39 referrals to the Corporate Fraud and Compliance Officer, 25 of which were completed within the year.  Following the investigations, a total of £36,407.73 in Housing Benefit overpayments and £9,301.89 in Council Tax Reduction non-entitlement.  This included a prosecution where the claimant was fined £1,500, as well as costs of £3,244. Other areas of investigation included right to buy applications, tenancy fraud and single person discount.  As a result of the investigations the council issued 2 civil penalties, 3 warning letters and two tenancies were surrendered.

Approximately £30,000 was spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud.

Updated: 30 Jan 2020
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