We are committed to the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption information in line with the Local Government Transparency Code.

 

Counter Fraud information for the period of 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

 Number of occasions that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council used powers under the  Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations  2014, or similar powers. (This includes HB and Council Tax Support fraud)

 None

 Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking  investigations and prosecutions of fraud

One officer who is a Single Point of Contact for the DWP Shared Fraud Investigation Service team and conducts council tax support investigations and applies sanction. In conjunction with the Benefits Manager, this officer conducts sanctions such as cautions and Administrative penalties where appropriate.

 Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter  fraud specialists

1. Qualified fraud officer undertakes Council Tax Support investigations and liaises with the DWP Investigations section.

 Total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud

 £26,250 (salary costs)

 Total number of cases of irregularity investigated

 None

 Total number of occasions on which a) fraud and b) irregularity was identified

 a) 6   b) 22

 Total monetary value of a) the fraud and b) the irregularity that was detected

£97,262 in respect of fraud overpayments

 Total monetary value of a) the fraud and b) the irregularity that was recovered

 a) £18,449    b) £53,593

 Total number of fraud cases investigated

 22