Fraud Statistics

David C Rodger made this Freedom of Information request to Renfrewshire Council

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Dear Renfrewshire 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

FOI MAILBOX, Renfrewshire Council

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Dear Mr Rodger

Freedom of Information Application - Acknowledgement  REF: IG171253

Thank you for your enquiry, received by the Council on 13/10/2017

I am writing to inform you that your application for information is being
dealt with under the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act, 2002. Section 10(1) of the Act stipulates that enquiries must be
dealt with within twenty working days of receipt.  However, we will
endeavour to answer your enquiry as soon as possible.

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Dorothy Briggs, Renfrewshire Council

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Dear Mr Rodger,

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 Request

 

Information Requested

 

Renfrewshire Council received your request for information on 13 October
2017.  You wrote:

 

Please provide under the provisions of FOI legislation

1. Does your authority have a Corporate Fraud Team, if so when was the
team incorporated?

 

Response: Yes.  It was incorporated on 01/04/16 .

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.

 

Response: As the team was only established on 01/04/16, a significant
amount of preparatory work was undertaken during this year including
publicising the purpose of the new team, meeting key service contracts
throughout the Council to inform them of the Team's remit and establishing
processes systems for recording any work undertaken.  As a result,
statistics relating to the number of referrals received during 2016/17
were  not documented.

 

As the Council does not hold recorded information falling within the scope
of your request, I am providing notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 that the Council does not hold the
information requested and so, is unable to comply with this aspect of your
request

 

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.

 

Response:

Fraudulent Activity Number of Positive Value where applicable
Outcomes
Tenancy Fraud 6 £558,000 notional
savings
Scottish Welfare Fund 48 £33,491 savings
Education Maintenance 2 No Savings
Allowance
Placing Requests 2 £2,340

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.

 

Response: No cases were reported to the Procurator Fiscal during this time
period

5. The number of employees dismissed or tendered their resignation either
as a result of or during the course of an investigation.

 

Response: No cases resulted in an employee being dismissed or tendering
their resignation

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.

 

            Response: See question 2

 

 

I hope this information is of interest.

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

Dorothy Briggs

Senior Solicitor[Litigation]

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