Council fraud success under threat

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Council fraud detection rates are at their highest in 25 years but progress could be undermined if local government cutbacks continue, a spending watchdog has warned.


The Audit Commission’s final report on fraud against England’s councils showed £180m worth was detected in the last year, 6% up on the previous year and a tenfold increase since 1990.


Its chair Jeremy Newman said the Commission’s annual Protecting the Public Purse reports had ‘helped local government foster greater transparency and accountability’ with local authorities developing ‘a real passion for fighting fraud’.


‘I urge the Government to mandate the provision of fraud data from all local authorities, after the Commission’s closure, to ensure that future reports are able to provide as complete and authoritative a picture of fraud detection as Protecting the Public Purse,’ he said.


‘This would help preserve the high levels of transparency and accountability that English ...

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Highest value of fraud detected by Councils since Audit Commission turned the spotlight on 25 years

Posted by n-rigg@audit-commission.gsi.gov.uk

23-10-2014

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Fraud valued at £188 million was detected by England’s councils in 2013/14, a ten-fold increase since 1990. The figure beats all records for the past 25 years, the Audit Commission revealed in its latest report on fraud in ...

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Investigators praised for social housing fraud clampdown

Posted by mark.coleman@richmond.gov.uk

23-10-2014

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Investigators responsible for a crackdown on social housing fraud that has prevented further loss of taxpayers’ money have won a prestigious award.





The excellent performance of Richmond and Kingston’s joint Housing Investigations Team was recognised at Wednesday night’s ...

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DWP should have increased its focus on Housing Benefit fraud and error sooner

Posted by National Audit Office

17-10-2014

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The total level of benefit overpayment due to fraud and error has increased to an estimated £1.4 billion in 2013-14 (5.8% of spending on this benefit) from £980 million in 2010-11 (4.6%).


In 2013-14, the DWP spent ...

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