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Council fraud success under threat

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 ...

Posted by on 24th October 2014.

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

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 ...

Posted by on 23rd October 2014.

Investigators praised for social housing fraud clampdown

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 ...

Posted by on 23rd October 2014.

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

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 ...

Posted by National Audit Office on 17th October 2014.