Tenants rent arrears soar in pilot benefit scheme

Posted on: 15/05/2013 18:36
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21756567
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Rent arrears among tenants on a government pilot project that pays housing benefit directly to recipients have seen a big increase, figures show. One area is predicting a £14m loss if the new system is implemented for all its tenants, the BBC has learned nPaying housing benefit directly to recipients, rather than their landlords, will form a key part of the planned new Universal Credit nThe government says lessons will be learned from the pilot projects nIt wants to pay recipients directly a...[MORE]

Fraudsters cost us billions and find new ways to cheat

Posted on: 09/11/2012 11:16
Link: http://www.itv.com/news/2012-11-08/fraudsters-cost-us-billions-and-find-new-ways-to-cheat/
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If you pay council tax - get angry. What follows below could make you take a stand against the cheats costing us billions. For every law abiding council tax payer - this is an outrage. For those unable to access scarce local authority services - it is infuriating. Cheats are robbing billions from local councils. Now we have details of new figures and new cons. Fraud against public bodies is costing £20.3 billion a year - every penny sapped from the hard-pressed tax payer. Council losses accoun...[MORE]

Audit Commission Protecting the Public Purse report 2012

Posted on: 09/11/2012 11:11
Link: http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/e-ppp2012
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This report says that councils are targeting their investigative resources more efficiently and effectively, detecting more than 124,000 cases of fraud in 2011/12 totalling £179 million. But it urges them not to drop their guard, as new frauds are emerging in areas such as business rates, Right to Buy housing discounts and schoo nnnThe report gives the results of the Audit Commission's annual survey of English councils. It says that, despite these detection rates, more can still be done. The Na...[MORE]

Public Sector Fighting Fraud Awards

Posted on: 03/07/2012 13:51
Link: http://www.fightingfraudawards.co.uk/
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Every year in the UK, fraud costs public services an estimated £31 billion. Right across the public sector the fight against fraud has been re-energised and refocused. More and more public bodies are undertaking innovative pilots and initiatives, many of which are saving considerable sums of taxpayers’ money. This is important but often under recognised wor nThese awards recognise the efforts of those individuals and bodies within the public sector who have done most to combat and prevent fr...[MORE]

Government backs bill to criminalise subletting

Posted on: 21/06/2012 10:12
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A conservative MP has introduced a private members bill to parliament that would make subletting social housing a criminal offence. The bill put forward by Watford MP Richard Harrington had its first reading in parliament yesterday, and is due to be published ahead of a second reading on 13 July. If the bill is passed it would make subletting a criminal rather than civil offence, meaning it can result in a custodial sentence, and also allow the proceeds of subletting to be paid back to the so...[MORE]

DWP 'did not do enough to stop fraud among welfare-to-work companies'

Posted on: 21/05/2012 12:51
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/may/16/dwp-fraud-welfare-work-companies?newsfeed=true
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The National Audit Office has said the Department for Work and Pensions did "not do enough" to stem hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of fraud among private companies administering back-to-work schemes, even though it knew the risks. ...[MORE]

Three Jobcentre workers jailed for £1.7m plot involving 1,767 bogus benefit claims

Posted on: 05/05/2012 18:24
Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2139690/Three-Jobcentre-workers-jailed-1-7m-plot-involving-1-767-bogus-claims.html
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Ringleaders were executive officer grade civil servants Abused authorised access to Department of Work and Pensions database to research claimants all over UK Made fraudulent claims for tax credits, Jobseeker's Allowance and Sure Start Maternity Grants ...[MORE]

Housing benefits cheat failed to declare job

Posted on: 23/04/2012 13:54
Link: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/housing_benefits_cheat_failed_to_declare_job
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Twickenham resident Andrew Randell has been charged with cheating Richmond Council out of over a thousand pounds in housing benefit payouts he wasn’t entitled to, as he was receiving a salary nOn three different occasions Mr Randell failed to attend cautionary meetings with the Council to discuss the matter, and as a result the Council was left with no alternative other than to summon him to appear in court. nMr Randell, of Heath Road had received over £1,232.75 in overpayments after he starte...[MORE]

Fighting Fraud Locally: The Local Government Fraud Strategy

Posted on: 05/04/2012 08:47
Link: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/agencies-public-bodies/nfa/fighting-fraud-locally-strategy/
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Fighting Fraud Locally: The Local Government Fraud Strategy The cost of fraud to local government is estimated at £2.2 billion a year. This is money that could be used for local services nFighting Fraud Locally is a strategic approach developed by local gvernment, for local government, and addresses the need for greater prevention and smarter enforcement nFighting Fraud Locally outlines a strategic approach that, if adopted across local government, will not only enable local authorities to b...[MORE]

Tenancy fraud forum to launch in April

Posted on: 02/04/2012 10:22
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The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), in partnership with social landlord Viridian Housing and supported by the Audit Commission and National Fraud Authority (NFA) will launch the country’s first Tenancy Fraud Forum in April this year. nSocial landlords are encouraged to join the forum, bringing together their ideas and exchange information, share best practice and be the central point for practitioners in the field. The forum will launch at 10am on Wednesday, 25 April at the Department for...[MORE]

UNISON: Broken benefits contracts and 20,000 redundancies will waste millions

Posted on: 11/10/2011 12:52
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Millions of pounds will be wasted in compensation if Government plans to centralise Housing Benefit force local authorities into cancelling private contracts and axing staff. The warning comes from UNISON following the results of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, which revealed that 21% of Housing Benefit services are currently provided under private contracts or shared service arrangements with other authorities, and a further 8% of councils are in the process of tendering new contracts. ...[MORE]

Benefit crooks net £1,500 a week on luxury flats

Posted on: 31/08/2011 11:31
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Fraudsters from the EU are homing in on Britain to make millions from subletting plush apartments paid for by councils With its manicured lawns and concierge service, Chatsworth Court seems ideal for the high-powered financiers and doctors who normally reside at the 1930s art deco development in Kensington, West London. Yet some flats in the complex, which can sell for seven figures and look out over sports cars parked in the bays outside, are home to dozens of people living on housing benefit...[MORE]

Benefit fraud bill is still on the rise as total hits £3.3bn despite PM\'s crackdown pledge

Posted on: 31/08/2011 11:23
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The amount of money lost to benefit fraud and error has soared by a staggering £200million since the Coalition took office – despite repeated pledges from David Cameron to fight the scan nFigures buried in a government document reveal that last year £3.3billion was lost to benefit cheats and mistakes by claimants and officials, up f rnThe failure to crack down on fraud makes it even less likely that the Government will fulfil its promise to slash fraud and error by a quarter by rnThe huge s...[MORE]

Councils urged to tackle fraud

Posted on: 11/08/2011 16:28
Link: http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=101949#
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Communities secretary, Eric Pickles, has urged councils to do more to tackle fraud. Taken at face value, this seems right. Fraud costs money which, in any economic climate, would be better spent on customers’ priorities. Nor should council taxpayers fund fraud by or for people who aren’t in genuine need of help from the benefits system nFor more details follow the lin n...[MORE]

18 months imprisonment for £80,000+ benefit fraudster

Posted on: 15/06/2011 14:58
Link: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23960823-18-months-for-pound-80000-benefits-cheat.do
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Laura Lee Jones of Edmonton entered the UK from Jamaica illegally under the assumed name of Clover Jameson and claimed benefits to which she was not entitled including Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefit, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits. Her child's birth was registered in Enfield in 2005 under surname Jameson while partner(unable to name due to ongoing proceedings against him re: his benefit claim)registered child with his surname in Waltham Forest. She was also alleged to be li...[MORE]

Blue Badge Improvement Service

Posted on: 13/06/2011 13:21
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A five-year contract to deliver the national Blue Badge Improvement Service on behalf of central government and local authorities has been awarded to Northgate Public Services. The new service is aimed at responding to the challenge of continued high demand for badges and preventing fraud, while improving customer service and the administration and enforcement of the Blue Badge Scheme. The Scheme, which was established in 1971, gives 2.5 million disabled people access to priority parking space...[MORE]

LBFIG Meeting on 19 May 2011

Posted on: 11/05/2011 16:25
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The next LBFIG will have presentations on housing investigations, personal budgets, and the ICO's Code of Practice. We'll be updating you on developments with welfare benefit investigations. All members welcome. Vote in the poll to confirm attendance....[MORE]

Ex Council flat home to 500 in £1 million DWP benefits fraud

Posted on: 15/03/2011 11:47
Link: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3432671/Ex-council-flat-home-to-500-people-in-1million-benefit-fraud.html
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Crooks used a three-bedroom home to steal family tax credits and child benefits using the names of unsuspecting real people. Corrupt insiders at the Department for Work and Pensions supplied the IDs of genuine claimants whose benefits ended after they got jobs....[MORE]

LBFIG Response to DWP Fraud Strategy

Posted on: 12/11/2010 13:45
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LBFIG representatives on the joint working group with DWP reported on the proposals to create a single benefit investigation service within the DWP. LBFIG disagrees with the proposals which threaten all the counter fraud work currently carried out in local authorities. Members of LBFIG can see the full response in the Policies and Procedures section on the documents page of this website....[MORE]

Sub-letting in Social Housing, Should it be criminalised

Posted on: 14/10/2010 13:40
Link: http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=87101
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