FOI Request - Housing Tenancy Fraud

Request 101000249255

Can you please provide details of the following for the financial  years 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12

1. Details of the total spend on the investigation of housing  tenancy fraud, for clarification this includes homelessness  applications  

2. Details of the total spend on the prevention of housing tenancy  fraud, for clarification this includes homelessness applications  

3. Total number of suspected tenancy fraud cases  

4. Total number of tenancy fraud investigations undertaken

5 Total number of tenancy frauds established please provide a  breakdown of this providing of types of established cases

6. The number of officers tasked with the investigation of tenancy  fraud  

7. Details of the investigation officers training

Response 04-06-2014

1. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  Details of this area of activity are not separately recorded.

2. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  Details of this area of activity are not separately recorded.

3. 3 

2 cases 2012/13 and 1 case 2013/14

4. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  This is not separately recorded but we estimate 3 cases; staff deal with these as they arise.

5. 1 unauthorised mutual exchange

1 illegal occupation

1 illegal sublet

6. No separate officers are tasked with this.

7. One member of staff attended awareness raising training in May 2014. Some work was undertaken through the National Fraud Initiative on housing benefit claims. This did not reveal any information in relation to tenancy fraud. The Council is looking at whether there is more that needs to be done to assess the likelihood of tenancy fraud within Moray.

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