Bounce Back Loans - Referrals from Crime Stoppers

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Dear HM Revenue and Customs,

In January 2021, the Crimestoppers Covid Fraud hotline was set up, intended to help triage complaints by members of the public about illegal behaviour relating to COVID support, as per the following press release:

This was launched in order to allow "those with information to anonymously report their concerns in the knowledge that this information will be dealt with."

HMRC's enforcement arm will be a key part of enforcing this illegal behaviour. Since January, by month, how many referrals have been made to HMRC by the Crimestoppers Covid Fraud Hotline, and of these, by month, how many enforcement actions have HMRC opened or referred to police?

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

FOI Central Team, HM Revenue and Customs

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'Tackling error and fraud in the Covid-19 support schemes'

18 July 2022

'Our Fraud Investigation Service investigates the most egregious abuses of the Covid-19 financial support schemes. These criminal and civil investigations are at various stages of development, and in 2021 to 2022 we made a total of 26 arrests involving the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and Eat Out to Help Out.'

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Policy paper
Tackling error and fraud in the Covid-19 support schemes
Updated 13 October 2022

'Across the full two-year lifecycle of the 3 schemes (covering 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022), the total value of error and fraud is now estimated to be between £3.2 billion and £6.4 billion, with a most likely estimate of £4.5 billion (and error and fraud rate of between 3.3% and 6.5% with a most likely estimate of 4.6%), which is less than the previously published range for 2020 to 2021 alone (at a most likely figure of £5.8 billion).'