Figures show council benefit investigators recouped almost £400,000

Benefit fraud investigators in Lichfield and Burntwood have recouped almost £400,000, new figures have revealed.

A report to Lichfield District Council’s audit committee meeting on April 29 will reveal that the money recouped in 2013-14 was nearly three times that recovered in the previous year.

The £399,708 came via prosecutions and penalties.

The report explained: “Benefit and council tax support lost to fraudulent and erroneous claims is a major financial drain on the council.

“Therefore out aim is to prevent fraud and error from occurring, detect it when it does happen, educate our customers to their responsibilities and deter customers from committing acts of benefit fraud.”

The council said it would continue to publicise successful prosecutions to send out a warning to other residents.

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3 Comments

  1. Rob

    22nd April, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Delighted to hear this.

  2. Cynic

    22nd April, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    “Rob” have you noticed they do not like you congratulating the team that are trying to stop fraud – they also were against my suggestion that the community keep an eye/ear open for anti social types – is there a common denominator?

  3. Laurence Skermer

    22nd April, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Actually, my vote was a mistake caused by a fat finger slipping on the ipad; I hadn’t even read the comment. It won’t let you retract votes once accepted .