Fraud hub would stop benefit cheats, says council

11:21 09 January 2013

Pathfinder House, Huntingdon, HDC

Pathfinder House, Huntingdon, HDC

Archant

A ‘FRAUD hub’ for Cambridgeshire could help deprive benefit cheats of at least £324,000 if it is built.

Huntingdonshire District Council was approached by the Local Government Association to apply for £27,000 of funding to set up the new unit at its Pathfinder House headquarters.

The authority is one of only two in the country to use a computer system that acts as a “data warehouse”, which stores information about people’s benefits and payments in one place.

The system has cut the time it takes for the council to look into fraud claims from 20 days to three days and npw three other council, as well as five regional housing providers, have said they would like to join the system.

If the LGA grants the money, HDC fraud manager Nick Jennings predicts the hub will be able to recover 18 properties from the hands of benefit cheats.

The Audit Commission calculates that the amount saved in fraudulent money taken and the freeing up of social housing, so that homeless families do not have to live in bed and breakfast accommodation, is about £18,000 per house.

“There is also the moral aspect that living in bed and breakfast accommodation is not a very nice situation for people to be in,” Mr Jennings added.

0 comments

Firefighter using cutters to cut up car

Firefighters had to free a casualty following an accident involving two vehicles yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Magpas charity stall volunteers, from left, Brenda Stevens, Pauline Molyneaux and Ohsuk Kwon. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Volunteers who were invited to set up a charity stall at Magpas after being told to vacate their home of 25 years at Hinchingbrooke Hospital have raised nearly £14,000 in just over a year.

Yesterday, 16:57
Police have issued a warning after Huntingdon attempted break ins.

Police have issued a warning after a gang attempted to break into a Huntingdon home.

Yesterday, 14:59
Saffron Leheup-Wright who is off to Kenya and Uganda to teach netball.

A teenager from Brampton is raising money to fund a trip to Africa so that she can teach disadvantaged youngsters how to play netball.

”Calendar"/

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition today E-edition