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Brentwood Borough Council

FOI 6187

Housing

Request

  1. How many housing officers do you employ?
  2. Do you have a specialist team for social housing fraud? If so, how large is this team?
  3. How many cases of social housing tenancy fraud did you confirm in 2012?
  4. How many of your confirmed cases led to a recovered property?
  5. How many of your confirmed cases led to a court action?
  6. Please categorise your confirmed cases – unlawful subletting, key selling, non-occupation as principle home, wrongful succession, other
  7. Excluding the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), did you undertake a data matching exercise for social housing fraud with a third party in 2012?
  8. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes did you assess?
  9. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes were identified as requiring further investigation?
  10. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include ALMO stock?
  11. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include housing association stock?
  12. What is the average annual cost of housing a family in temporary accommodation, when social housing stock is not available?

Response

1. In the context of your subsequent questions I would advise that we employ 2 Housing Officers and 2 Assistant Housing Officers in the Estate management team who would be involved with the investigation of reports of fraud.

2. We have no specialist team for Social Housing Fraud.  At Brentwood there is a Fraud investigation team of two who deal with all allegations of both Housing and Benefit fraud.

3. We confirmed 5 cases of Housing Tenancy fraud in 2012.

4. One case led to the recovery of a Council property.

5. Three cases led to court action.

6. One confirmed case was for wrongful succession and the four remaining cases were for false statements made on Housing Applications in order to obtain Council accommodation.

7. No

8. N/A

9. N/A

10. N/A

11. N/A

12. £5,067