Town halls offered cash if they catch housing benefit fraudsters

20 Jan 00
Councils are to be given financial incentives to encourage them to detect housing benefit fraudsters.

21 January 2000

They will be rewarded for implementing the government's verification framework, a series of checks when a benefit is being claimed. Money will also be available for successful prosecutions involving sums over £1,500.

The announcement, made last week by Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling, was welcomed by Malcolm Gardner, a member of CIPFA's fraud and corruption panel. He suggested that it could encourage councils to work together to tackle fraud.

'Groups of rural authorities would be far better off pooling their resources for prosecutions,' he said. 'There are not enough local authorities prosecuting fraudsters.'


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