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Article date - 13 November 2019
The campaign will be run throughout International Fraud Awareness Week (17-23 November) - an opportunity for organisations and communities to come together to look at how far reaching the effects of fraud can be.
Every year across the country, billions of taxpayers’ money is lost due to fraud. The National Fraud Office suggests that the full extent of public sector losses is unknown, since much fraud is hidden, difficult to find or remains unreported.
Types of fraud committed against local authorities include council tax fraud when a person deliberately gives incorrect information to pay less or no council tax; social care fraud to obtain unentitled income; blue badge fraud; and insurance fraud when false claims are made against the council.
Cath Fogarty, Strategic Director for Corporate Services at St Helens Council, said: “Public money lost to fraud is money that should be used to improve our communities and vital services that we provide.
“With budgets reducing to such an extent that valued services could be reviewed, the impact of fraudulent activity against us is increased all the more and we will not hesitate to push for the prosecution of any individual found to be making dishonest claims.
“I’d encourage local people to report such activity to us, so that those responsible for abusing the system can be stopped.”
To report fraud committed against St Helens Council visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/fraud