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Read our latest statement regarding today's incident in Birstall. 

Social Housing Fraud

Requested on
Tue 4th June, 2013
Reference
FOI 2960
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. How many housing officers do you employ?
2. Do you have a specialist team for social housing fraud? If so, how large is this team?
3. How many cases of social housing tenancy fraud did you confirm in 2012?
4. How many of your confirmed cases led to a recovered property?
5. How many of your confirmed cases led to a court action?
6. Please categorise your confirmed cases – unlawful subletting, key selling, non-occupation as principle home, wrongful succession, other
7. Excluding the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), did you undertake a data matching exercise for social housing fraud with a third party in 2012?
8. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes did you assess?
9. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes were identified as requiring further investigation?
10. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include ALMO stock?
11. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include housing association stock?
12. What is the average annual cost of housing a family in temporary accommodation, when social housing stock is not available?

• In terms of tenancy fraud, we’re specifically referring to property sub-letting by tenants to a third party rather than housing benefit fraud
• We do mean an overall exercise, such as a verification exercise on your known residents

Answer

1. How many housing officers do you employ? 6
2. Do you have a specialist team for social housing fraud? No specialist team.
3. How many cases of social housing tenancy fraud did you confirm in 2012? There were no cases of known tenancy fraud (as defined in the request) during 2012
4. How many of your confirmed cases led to a recovered property? N/A
5. How many of your confirmed cases led to a court action? N/A
6. Please categorise your confirmed cases – unlawful subletting, key selling, non-occupation as principle home, wrongful succession, other N/A
7. Excluding the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), did you undertake a data matching exercise for social housing fraud with a third party in 2012? No
8. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes did you assess? N/A
9. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes were identified as requiring further investigation? N/A
10. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include ALMO stock? N/A
11. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include housing association stock? N/A
12. What is the average annual cost of housing a family in temporary accommodation, when social housing stock is not available? £261.00

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