FOI Request - Benefit Cheats - Public Reporting
1.a. Could you please list the number of occasions a member of the public has reported to you that they believed a person (or persons) has been falsely claiming benefits or lying about their living circumstances to authorities between April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2014? Could you please separate the data by tax year (so April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014).
b. Could you specify what type of fraud the caller/person reporting the case suspected had been committed (ie. living with a partner but not informing authorities, sub-letting, lying about circumstances, council tax fraud etc).
c. Could you also explain what the outcome of each investigation was (ie. Whether the person was prosecuted for fraud, cautioned, had their benefits stopped or there was no further action).
d. Where people’s benefits were stopped could you detail how much money was saved by that action (where possible).
2. Could you detail how much the council has identified in benefits overpayments over each of the two financial years.
1a. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act. The way in which the source of referrals are recorded does not indicate whether they have specifically come from a member of the public.