The following information is published under the "Local Government Transparency Code 2015" requirements.
Basildon Council's Benefit Investigation Team transferred to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) from 1st September 2015 as part of the Single Fraud Investigation Service. Responsibility for investigating benefit fraud now rests with the DWP.
The figures provided below relate to the investigation of non-benefit fraud by the Council's Corporate Counter Fraud Team and includes areas such as housing tenancy (right to buy and subletting), council tax, non-domestic rates and procurement.
In addition to formal investigations the Compliance Team (Revenues & Benefits) undertakes fraud prevention and detection work designed to improve the council tax base; through removal of discounts, disregards and LCTS (Council Tax Benefit as was).
|Number of occasions we used powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers||46|
|Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud||1|
|Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists||2.5|
|Total number of fraud cases investigated||87|