Shake Up Threatens Fraud Investigations

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HOUSING benefit fraud investigations could suffer when they are handed to the Government, Oxford City Council’s deputy leader has warned.  The council will lose the powers to a Government body from February under national reforms.

Ed Turner, the Labour-run council’s deputy leader, said the move to a “Single Fraud Investigation Service” was “nonsense”.

He said: “The Government has said it is going to take over detecting all fraud and we remain to be convinced whether it will be able to do that."

“It has told us it is taking away the money to fund this and if the Government has the same success taking over this service as it had with the reforming of benefits then it is not going to go very well.”

He added: “It is very likely that we as a council will retain some general fraud capacity.

“There are other areas which are vulnerable ...

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