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FOI 3024

Social housing fraud

Request

1/. Please provide a copy of your most recent social housing fraud strategy.

2/. How many Housing Officers do you employ?

3/. Do you have a specialist team for social housing fraud? Is so, how large is this team?

4/. How many cases of social housing tenancy fraud did you confirm in 2011?

5/. How many of your confirmed cases led to a recovered property?

6/. How many of your confirmed cases led to a court action?

7/. Please categorise your confirmed cases – unlawful subletting, key selling, non-occupation as principle home, wrongful succession, other.

8/. Excluding the National Fraud initiative (NFI) did you undertake a data matching exercise for social housing fraud with a third party in 2011?

9/. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes did you assess?

10/. If you undertook a data matching initiative,how many homes were identified as requiring further investigation?


11/. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include ALMO stock?

12/. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include housing association stock?

13/. What is the average annual cost of housing a family in temporary accommodation, when social housing stock is not available?

Response

Here is our full response to Freedom of Informatin Act Request 3024 regarding Social Housing Fraud:

1/. Please provide a copy of your most recent social housing fraud strategy.

No strategy available.

2/. How many Housing Officers do you employ?

Four staff deal with tenancy matters.

3/. Do you have a specialist team for social housing fraud? Is so, how large is this team?

No team dedicated exclusively to social housing fraud. Within the Council there is a team of two staff who deal with all aspects of fraud eg benefit fraud, housing fraud etc.

4/. How many cases of social housing tenancy fraud did you confirm in 2011?

Four

5/. How many of your confirmed cases led to a recovered property?

None

6/. How many of your confirmed cases led to a court action?

Three

7/. Please categorise your confirmed cases – unlawful subletting, key selling, non-occupation as principle home, wrongful succession, other.

Other – False statement to obtain housing.

8/. Excluding the National Fraud initiative (NFI) did you undertake a data matching exercise for social housing fraud with a third party in 2011?

No

9/. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes did you assess?

Not applicable.

10/. If you undertook a data matching initiative,how many homes were identified as requiring further investigation?

Not applicable.


11/. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include ALMO stock?

Not applicable.

12/. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include housing association stock?

Not applicable.

13/. What is the average annual cost of housing a family in temporary accommodation, when social housing stock is not available?

£9,100.


Kind Regards