Making False Statements in order to Defraud

fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

I have provided the following to assist in the setting out my FoI request.

A GUIDE TO THE HOUSING AND COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT PROSECUTION POLICY
https://www.wirral.gov.uk/sites/default/...

In respect of a claimant making a false statement to fraudulently obtain benefit under Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit schemes, the policy sets out the criteria for the council in considering whether to impose (or offer) an "Administrative penalty", "Formal Caution" or submit the case for prosecution.

I would like to know if a similar policy exists relating to employees of the council who make false statements to fraudulently obtain money from Wirral residents. If so please disclose it.

There is an opportunity for the council to see an example in the link below:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/291919613/Per...

Yours faithfully,

fFaudwAtch UK

John H Hutchinson left an annotation ()

Isn't this is a Police matter?

fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

John,

You would think it was, but apparently not:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/298599786/Sec...

John H Hutchinson left an annotation ()

Well, now!

Isn't that interesting?

So, is wdtk.com your only recourse?

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
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We consider that a relatively informal approach is also appropriate in
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applicant of her maiden name. The prime consideration is whether enough of
a person’s full name has been provided to give a reasonable indication of
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Yours Sincerely,

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Legal Services

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
CH44 8ED 

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Thanks.

Yours sincerely,

fFaudwAtch UK

fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

" So, is wdtk.com your only recourse? "

I think it's a natural progression for many people to carry out their own investigations via FoI, after a public body fails them and then the governing body put in place to address those failures also fails them.

fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

I don't have any objection to providing my name, however, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council should really get with it and think about the nature of Freedom of Information requests which are applicant blind.

Yours sincerely,

fFaudwAtch UK Aka N Gilliatt

Rossell Conner left an annotation ()

The requirement to provide a full name is set out in Legislation; it's not the case of Wirral Council arbitraily insisting that requestors provide a full name....

Maybe you shoud direct your frustration to Central Government instead?

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

Wirral Council thanks you for your request.

Wirral Council has an Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy. The Council has a
zero tolerance policy to all fraud whether perpetrated by Councillors,
employees, suppliers, contractors or service users. This document sets out
the Council’s policy in relation to countering Fraud and Corruption across
all Council services except Housing Benefit.  The Council has a separate
policy which specifically deals with Housing Benefit fraud, which can be
viewed on the Council website.

Benefit Fraud is on the following page:

[1]https://www.wirral.gov.uk/benefits-and-m...

We trust you find this information of assistance.

Yours sincerely

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Legal Services

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
CH44 8ED 

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