NHDC supports International Fraud Week

PR Date: 
Friday, 9 November 2018 - 1:30pm

To promote International Fraud Awareness Week (11 – 17 November 2018), North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) in partnership with the Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) Shared Anti -Fraud Team (SAFS), is appealing to the public to help stamp out fraud.

Every year in the UK, housing tenancy fraud results in losses to council taxpayers of an estimated £845 million per annum*, Council Tax discount fraud around £133 million per annum* and 20% of blue badges are thought to be misused, resulting in a potential loss of parking revenue amounting to £46 million across England*.  In total, fraud costs Hertfordshire’s local authorities an estimated £100 million a year.

NHDC joined SAFS in June 2015, along with several other local authorities including Broxbourne Borough Council, East Herts Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, Stevenage Borough Council, HCC and Luton Borough Council, as a partnership to  prevent and investigate fraud.

Cllr Julian Cunningham, NHDC’s Executive Member for Finance and I.T, said: "All council services are funded by taxpayers, so when people commit tenancy fraud, for example sub-letting a council house; council tax fraud, by saying they live alone when they don’t; or altering a Blue Badge, they are stealing from their whole community.

"As a result it means that money goes to people who are not entitled to it and it reduces the money available for vital services such as schools, highways, housing, leisure services, community safety and social services.

"We are always looking for ways to get the best value for money and this innovative partnership working is already cutting fraud and saving money from Hertfordshire’s public purse. If anyone suspects fraud is being committed, we would urge them to report it straight away."

To report fraud call: 0300 123 4033 or visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/fraud

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*CIPFA –Fighting Fraud & corruption locally