FOI Request - Social Housing Fraud

Request 101000149066

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?

Response 31-05-2013

1.  9 Area Housing Officers

2.   No

3.   0

4.   0

5.   0

6.   NA

7.   No

8.   No

9.   No

10. N/A

11. No

12. The Council uses a range of provision for temporary accommodation.  This includes its own hostels, properties from its own housing stock, properties obtained from other Registered Social Landlords and supported accommodation provided by external partner agencies.  It does not routinely use bed & breakfast accommodation for homeless households.  The median rent across all provision is £116.00 per week.  This works out at a gross cost of £6,032 per homeless household per annum

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