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The Department responds to the Audit Commission’s report on fraud in Local Government that states England’s councils have detected £185 million worth of fraud in 2010/11.
Commenting on the Audit Commission’s fraud report, Protecting the Public Purse, Local Government Minister Grant Shapps said:
It’s shocking how much fraud is costing the country. Fraudsters need to know that their days of picking the taxpayers’ pockets are over.
Councils are losing £2 billion a year in fraud - costing every household £80 a year. Far more can be done by town halls to save money, and so protect frontline services - such as better credit checks on benefits and proper vetting of staff that handle money.
This Government is also bolstering local efforts to tackle the estimated 50,000 tenancy cheats, with a national crackdown on social home swindlers who unlawfully sublet their homes, to the detriment of those on housing waiting lists.