Local authority fraud and error
We are working in partnership with Cherwell District Council to develop a cross-authority approach to protect the public purse.
We 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 use the form below or contact us on 0300 003 0211. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
We will use the information supplied in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We have 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.
Housing benefit fraud
Since February 2015 responsibility for investigating allegations of housing benefit fraud is part of the remit of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Your call or referral will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and the DWP will follow up on all information they are given.
If you think that someone is committing housing benefit fraud please call the DWP fraud hotline on 0800 854 440 or report it via the link below:
All referrals will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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 South Northamptonshire Council the period 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015. The information includes housing benefit fraud investigations for the period 1st April 2014 until 1st February 2015 when housing benefit investigations transferred to the DWP.
This information will be updated on an annual basis.
|Prevention of social housing fraud powers||0|
|Total number FTE fraud officers||1|
|Total number FTE ACFS||1|
|Total amount spent on investigation||£29,000|
|Total amount spent on prosecution||£5,985|
|Total number of fraud cases investigated||42|