Impact assessment

Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014

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Privacy impact assessment on the prevention of social housing fraud regulations 2014.

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Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014: privacy impact assessment

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The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 introduced new criminal penalties for sub-letting or parting with possession, without permission, of social housing. It also enabled the Secretary of State to make regulations that would allow local authorities to compel certain private sector organisations to provide them with information for social housing fraud investigation purposes, in much the same way they currently can when undertaking social security fraud investigations.

Under the proposed Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) Regulations 2014, the private sector organisations that will be required to provide, on request, data to local authorities for housing fraud investigation purposes are: banks, building societies, suppliers of credit, water and sewerage undertakers, providers of gas and electricity services and telecommunications companies.