Prevention of fraud investigations

The council is committed to open data publication under the new local government transparency code 2015

2018/19

Number of occasions we have used powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 201444, or similar powers:

  • The use/authorisation of powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations have been transferred from the Council to the Department of  Work and Pensions (DWP)

Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud:

  • One full time equivalent

Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists:

  • One full time equivalent

Total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud:

  • Not measured

Total number of fraud cases investigated:

  • Housing benefit fraud investigations are now carried out by the Department of Work and Pensions. No council tax or CTR investigations have been carried out.

2017/18

Number of occasions we have used powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 201444, or similar powers:

  • The use/authorisation of powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations have been transferred from the Council to the Department of Work and Pensions

Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud:

  • One full time equivalent

Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists:

  • One full time equivalent

Total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud

  • Not measured

Total number of fraud cases investigated:

  • Housing benefit fraud investigations are now carried out by the Department of Work and Pensions. No council tax or CTR investigations have been carried out.

2016/17

Number of occasions we have used powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 201444, or similar powers:

  • None

Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud:

  • One full time equivalent

Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists:

  • One full time equivalent

Total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud

  • Not measured

Total number of fraud cases investigated:

  • 134