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Brentwood Borough Council

FOI 13342

Housing Benefit

Request

What are the council's:
• estimations of money lost/or overpaid to both housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud over past year.

estimations of money lost/or overpaid to both housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud over each of past five
years.
• The number of prosecutions and the amount of money recovered over past year from successful housing benefit and council tax fraud prosecutions - with a breakdown of amount of money recovered.
• The number of prosecutions and the amount of money recovered over each of past five years from
successful housing benefit and council tax fraud prosecutions - with a breakdown of amount of money recovered.
• Next year's projections of losses to be incurred by the council from council tax and housing benefit fraud.

Response

What are the council's:
• estimations of money lost/or overpaid to both housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud over past year. As mentioned in my previous email, Housing Benefit fraud is now undertaken by the Department of Work and Pensions and as such, any requests for information on Housing Benefit should be directed to that office. We no longer have access to previous Council Tax Benefit fraud information.
• estimations of money lost/or overpaid to both housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud over each of past five
years. Please see above.
• The number of prosecutions and the amount of money recovered over past year from successful housing benefit and council tax fraud prosecutions - with a breakdown of amount of money recovered. Please see above
• The number of prosecutions and the amount of money recovered over each of past five years from successful housing benefit and council tax fraud prosecutions - with a breakdown of amount of money recovered. Please see above.
• Next year's projections of losses to be incurred by the council from council tax and housing benefit fraud. The last time any work was carried out on fraud loss estimates was in 2010/11 (due to the disbanding of the National Fraud Authority). Their figures, which are specific to Brentwood Borough Council was an estimation between £130k and £220k for Council Tax Fraud, Housing Benefit fraud estimates were not provided.