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

Between April 2014 and October 2014, 2.5 full time equivalent (3 people) undertook investigations and prosecutions of benefit fraud. From this date all officers were transferred to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Council was no longer responsible for investigating benefit fraud.

During 2014/15, Internal Audit provided approximately 0.2 FTE for the remaining counter fraud work.

The council had 4 employees who were professionally accredited counter fraud specialists between April and October 2014. From October 2014 this reduced to 2 employees.

Approximately £40,000 was spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of benefit fraud until the point of transfer to the DWP. The number of investigations undertaken across the year isn't held as details were transferred to the DWP.

Updated: 12 May 2015
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