Counter Fraud published open data for period April 2019 to March 2020

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.

Counter Fraud published open data for period April 2019 to March 2020

Data typeNumber
Number of occasions we used powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers116
Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud3.5
Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists2.5
Total number of fraud cases investigated772
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