Audit Commission Protecting the Public Purse report 2012

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Posted on: 09/11/2012 11:11 by Andrew Hyatt
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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 school

nnThe 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 National Fraud Authority (NFA) estimates that the total amount of fraud in the UK costs every adult in the country about 1,460 a year. Fraud targeting just local government exceeds 2.2 billion per

rnrnChairman of the Audit Commission, Jeremy Newman,

rnrn'There is no doubt our findings show councils increasingly out-smarting the fraudsters. But while they are busy tackling established frauds, new ones keep emerging. Every threat exposed or investigated safeguards money which is needed more than e