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Fraud investigation

Responsibility for investigating allegations of housing benefit fraud is now with the Department of Work and Pensions. We no longer investigate housing benefit fraud.

What to do if you suspect someone is claiming benefit they are not entitled to

If you think that someone is committing housing benefit fraud please call the DWP's fraud hotline on 0800 854 440 or go to their website at Report benefit fraud . Your call or referral will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and the DWP will follow up on all information they are given.

Local authority fraud and error

We are committed to the prevention and detection of fraud and error and to protecting the public purse.

We are working in partnership with South Northants council to develop a cross -authority approach to tackle fraud and error, to build resistance and to share good practice.

Cherwell District Council and South Northants Council have a joint Corporate Fraud Investigation team who are working to deter, prevent and detect any instances of fraud and error. This includes:

  • council tax discount fraud and error
  • council tax reduction fraud and error
  • housing fraud
  • business rates evasion
  • procurement fraud
  • grant fraud
  • licensing fraud

If you suspect someone is committing fraud against the council please call us on 0300 0030211. Alternatively fill out the Report fraud online form.  All referrals will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Cherwell District Council will use the information supplied in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The Council has a duty to protect public funds and may use the information you have provided or share it with other bodies for the purpose of preventing and detecting fraud. We will also share your information where we have a legal obligation to do so, or where we believe that by doing so we can provide you with a better standard of service. 

The Transparency Code

The Transparency Code was introduced in 2014 to meet the government's desire for data held and managed by local authorities to be made available to local residents (subject to specific sensitivities such as protecting vulnerable people or commercial and operations considerations)

As part of the requirement to publish this data, the Corporate Fraud team are supplying the following information for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. The information includes Housing Benefit fraud investigations for the period 1 April 2014 until 1 February 2015 when Housing Benefit investigations transferred to the Department for Work and Pensions.

This information will be updated on an annual basis.

Fraud

Totals

Prevention of social housing fraud powers

0

Total number FTE fraud officers

3.2

Total number FTE ACFS

2

Total amount spent on investigation

£125,000

Total amount spent on prosecution

£11,970

Total number of fraud cases investigated

302

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