Fraud Statistics

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Please provide under the provisions of FOI legislation

1. Does your authority have a Corporate Fraud Team, if so when was the team incorporated?
2. Details of the number of referrals received during the financial year 2016/17, this should include details of number of referrals with a breakdown of the type of suspected fraud e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
3. Details of the value of fraud or error established during the financial year 2016/17, this should include details of fraud or error with a breakdown of the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
4. Details of the number of cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal for consideration of criminal proceedings. Again this should include a breakdown of the type of established fraud or error e.g. Council Tax Reduction, Council Tax Discount, Blue Badge, Housing Tenancy Fraud and all other types of fraud or error or anything else investigated by the team.
5. The number of employees dismissed or tendered their resignation either as a result of or during the course of an investigation.
6. I understand that Housing Benefit investigation is the responsibility of the DWP but believe that your investigations could also result in the identification of Housing Benefit fraud or error. Please provide a breakdown of any housing benefit fraud or error identified by your corporate fraud team.

Yours faithfully,

David C Rodger

Hazarika Sandra, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Rodger,

I acknowledge receipt of your undernoted request for information.

Your request is receiving attention and I shall contact you further when
I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Hazarika
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Rodger

I refer again to your email dated 11 October 2017 seeking information in relation to Fraud Statistics.

Having investigated, I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council does not have a corporate Fraud Team and there is no dataset for the information requested. Accordingly, in terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I must advise you that the information requested is not held.

However, to be of some assistance, I can advise that the Council’s Audit and Scrutiny Panel on 26 October 2017 considered a report entitled “National Fraud Initiative Progress Report to September 2017”. This report is publically available on the Council’s website at www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk and for ease of reference the direct link is as follows:-

https://mars.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/ege...

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision by writing to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB. Accordingly, if you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions.

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section 21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice - may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt with in accordance with the Act. Such an application must be in writing or in another form which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for subsequent reference, must state the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence and must specify the request for information to which the requirement for review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such a decision. The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:-

Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St. Andrew’s
KY16 9DS
www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal
email: [email address]

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose. If, however, you require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please let me know.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
for Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
01698 302232