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Counter Fraud

Authorised Officer Powers

Number of occasions when the following powers were used to request information during each financial year:

Authorised Officer Power

2015/16

(up to 31/10/2015)

2015/16

(from 1/11/2015)

Social Housing [Note 1]

   0

0

Authorised Officer Powers – Council Tax Reduction [Note 2] and / or Housing Benefit [Note 3]

 

156

 

52

Council Tax Reduction [Note 2] and / or Social Security Fraud Act [Note 3]

 

38

 

2

 

  1. Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014
  2. Council Tax Reduction Scheme (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013 [SI 2013/501]
  3. Section 110A of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. Responsibility for the investigation of Housing Benefit fraud transferred to the Department for Work and Pensions on 1/11/2015

 

Resources

Description

2015/16

(up to 31/10/2015)

2015/16

(from 1/11/2015)

Number of employees undertaking investigation and prosecution of fraud [Note 4]

5

2

Number of employees undertaking investigation and prosecution of fraud (FTE)

4.2

2

Number of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists [Note 4]

6

3

Total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud (£000)

£87.1k

 

  1. Additional resources provided by Internal Audit Section, as required.

 

Caseload

 

Description

 

2015/16

Number of referrals

812

Number of fraud cases investigated

189

Number of irregularities investigated

500

Number of frauds identified

50

Number of irregularities identified

364

Total monetary value of fraud identified (£000)

£339.7k

Total monetary value of irregularities identified (£000)

£162.7k