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FOI 7026

Benefit Fraud

Request

I would be grateful if you could provide me with some detailed information of the cost to local residents of investigations into alleged housing benefit fraud, the total number of investigations, the number investigations where a prosecution has been forthcoming and the value of money recovered from causes where fraud has been successfully established.

I would like you to provide these details over the past five years as well as a breakdown of the per departmental costings so I can see if the investigations are providing value for money for the local taxpayer.

Response

From 01/04/13 to 09/09/13 we have investigated 289 cases of suspected Benefit Fraud
From 01/04/12 to 31/03/13 we have investigated 645 cases of suspected Benefit Fraud
From 01/04/11 to 31/03/12 we have investigated 464 cases of suspected Benefit Fraud
From 01/04/10 to 31/03/11 we have investigated 489 cases of suspected Benefit Fraud
From 01/04/09 to 31/03/10 we have investigated 335 cases of suspected Benefit Fraud

So far in the year 2013 from 01/04/13 to 09/09/13 we have successfully prosecuted 2 customers for Benefit Fraud
From 01/04/12 to 31/03/13 we have successfully prosecuted 5 customers for Benefit Fraud
From 01/04/11 to 31/03/12 we have successfully prosecuted 8 customers for Benefit Fraud
From 01/04/10 to 31/03/11 we have successfully prosecuted 7 customers for Benefit Fraud
From 01/04/09 to 31/03/10 we have successfully prosecuted 5 customers for Benefit Fraud