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Housing Fraud

Requested on
Fri 20th January, 2012
Reference
FOI 1646
Resolution
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Question

1. Please provide a copy of your most recent social housing fraud strategy

Additionally, could you please answer the following questions
2. How many housing officers do you employ?
3. Do you have a specialist team for social housing fraud? If so, how large is this team?
4. How many cases of social housing tenancy fraud did you confirm in 2011?
5. How many of your confirmed cases led to a recovered property?
6. How many of your confirmed cases led to a court action?
7. Please categorise your confirmed cases – unlawful subletting, key selling, non-occupation as principle home, wrongful succession, other
8. Excluding the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), did you undertake a data matching exercise for social housing fraud with a third party in 2011?
9. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes did you assess?
10. If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes were identified as requiring further investigation?
11. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include ALMO stock?
12. If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include housing association stock?
13. What is the average annual cost of housing a family in temporary accommodation, when social housing stock is not available?

Answer

1.       Please provide a copy of your most recent social housing fraud strategy
N/A – Charnwood Borough Council do not have a social housing fraud strategy.  The Landlord function for Charnwood social housing is carried out by our ALMO - Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing.  If you would like me to forward your request onto Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing, please let me know.

Additionally, could you please answer the following questions:

2.       How many housing officers do you employ? 6

3.       Do you have a specialist team for social housing fraud? If so, how large is this team? No

4.       How many cases of social housing tenancy fraud did you confirm in 2011? 0

5.       How many of your confirmed cases led to a recovered property? N/A

6.       How many of your confirmed cases led to a court action? N/A

7.       Please categorise your confirmed cases – unlawful subletting, key selling, non-occupation as principle home, wrongful succession, other N/A

8.       Excluding the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), did you undertake a data matching exercise for social housing fraud with a third party in 2011?  No

9.       If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes did you assess? N/A

10.     If you undertook a data matching initiative, how many homes were identified as requiring further investigation? N/A

11.     If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include ALMO stock? N/A
12.     If you undertook a data matching initiative, did it also include housing association stock? N/A

13.     What is the average annual cost of housing a family in temporary accommodation, when social housing stock is not available?
£14,600 – this is based on £40 per night for a single person family

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