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Fraud Transparency Information

2015/16

A. Number of occasions powers used to investigate   Social housing fraud 5
 Council tax fraud 5
 Benefit fraud 11 
 B. Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud  4 
 C. Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists  2 
 D. Amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud  £160,000 
 E. Number of fraud cases investigated  Closed cases between 1.4.15 – 31.3.2016 = 290 cases, 77 resulted in action.

 

2014/15

A. Number of occasions powers used to investigate Social housing fraud 0
Council tax fraud 0
Benefit fraud 17
B. Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 2.5
(One manager, one investigator, one part time administrative officer)
C. Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists

2
(Manager and investigator)

D. Amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud £106,000
E. Number of fraud cases investigated Closed cases between 1.4.2014 – 31.3.2015 = 183 cases, of which 73 resulted in action ranging from an overpayment for benefit being calculated, discount being cancelled to sanctions including prosecution at court.

 

2013/14

A. Number of occasions powers used to investigate Social housing fraud 0
Council tax fraud 0
Benefit fraud 21
B. Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 2.5
(One manager, one investigator, one part time administrative officer)
C. Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists 2
(Manager and investigator)
D. Amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud £108,000
E. Number of fraud cases investigated Closed cases between 1.4.2013 – 31.3.2014 = 193 cases, of which 63 resulted in action ranging from an overpayment for benefit being calculated, discount being cancelled to sanctions including prosecution at court.

 

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