protecting the public purse 2012


Protecting the Public Purse 2012, the Audit Commission's annual review of frauds detected and emerging risks in local government, is available to download below.

The 2012 survey identified that local government identified 124,000 cases of fraud valued at £179 million. This included:

  • £117 million housing and council tax benefit fraud
  • £21 million false claims for council tax discounts
  • £8 million procurement fraud

1,800 homes were recovered from tenancy fraudsters valued at £264 million (replacement value).

The Audit Commission recommended that councils should maintain a capability to investigate non-housing benefit related fraud. 

The BGF ran workshops earlier this year 'Building the business case for corporate anti-fraud' and has written a summary document outlining the key steps to take. 

Links to these materials are provided below.