Local Government Transparency Code

To promote openness and transparency, The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 to meet the Government's desire to place more power into citizens' hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

Expenditure and Procurement

Value Added Tax that cannot be recovered is negligible therefore if not stated please assume nil.

Property

Grants

Fraud

2017-2018

Occasions when WCC used powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers.  0
Total number of employees (absolute and full time equivalent) undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud on behalf of the Council.  0
Total number of employees (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists.  0
Amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud.  £0 Bulk of work transferred to DWP 
Total number of fraud cases investigated 0 Bulk of work transferred to DWP 

As a City Council and billing authority, the bulk of our fraud investigation work used to be in respect of housing benefit fraud but this responsibility (including relevant staff) was transferred to the DWP from 1 November 2014 as a result of the creation of the single fraud investigation service (SFIS). The Council now provides the DWP with information to assist their investigations but do not have information from them on numbers of staff involved and numbers of cases and it expects the DWP to be reporting this separately. The Council is unable to report details in respect of housing benefit fraud as it no longer holds the data.

The Council has very little fraud in other areas and therefore no longer have a specialist team dealing with fraud. The Council has clear policies in relation to anti-fraud and corruption e.g. Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy, Whistle Blowing Policy. In the case of ad-hoc instances of ‘non housing benefit fraud’ that require investigation, our internal auditors, as a special task, undertake this.

Organisation Information

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