Latest Public Sector News

21.06.18

Midlands council saved £1.5m through combatting tenancy fraud

Tenancy fraud cost Solihull Council almost £1.58m last year, according to recent figures.

A report presented to the council’s audit committee revealed that, since April 2017, 17 council properties have been recovered as a result of tenancy fraud investigation, with a further 34 cases currently under investigation.

According to Cabinet Office figures, the average saving from recovering a property is around £93,000.

The figure is based on an average four year fraudulent tenancy, including temporary accommodation costs for genuine applicants, legal costs to recover the property, re-let costs and rent forgone during the void period between tenancies.

As a result, an overall saving of £1.58m has been made so far.

The council’s counter fraud team has also commenced investigation into tenancy application fraud, prior to an applicant being granted a tenancy.

This preventative work has reportedly led to four housing applications being cancelled, saving a further £13,000 based on latest cabinet office figures that state that each cancelled housing application results in a saving of £3,200.

The penalty for social housing fraud can be a fine of up to £50,000 and/or a two year jail sentence.

Top image: RapidEye 

 

Enjoying PSE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight futur... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >