Work continues to tackle fraud in Lincolnshire
Boston Borough Council and other Lincolnshire authorities are getting smarter and more effective at fighting fraud. Having already identified more than £1 million of incorrect or fraudulent payments, councils will be continuing to crackdown on this crime.
Kelly Clarke, the borough council's credit control manager, said: "All of Lincolnshire's councils are working together to tackle fraud by pooling resources and information, and taking a zero tolerance to all forms of fraud, corruption and theft.
Over the coming months, proactive investigations will be undertaken to identify fraudulent claims for council tax discounts and identifying where business rates haven't been paid."
Councils will also benefit from further training to ensure staff are more alert to where the key fraud risks are, as well as how to report suspected fraud, corruption and bribery.
Kelly said: "Every pound stolen by fraudsters is a pound less that we can spend on front line services to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Reports from members of the public are vital to prevent fraud and prevent taxpayers' money being wasted."
If you suspect fraud against a Lincolnshire council, please report it to the confidential hotline on 0800 0853716 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents need to tell the council if their personal circumstances change while receiving benefits. Failure to disclose this could be considered fraud. Councils can also help if people are uncertain about the benefits they are entitled to or how to claim them correctly. If you need help with this contact Boston Borough Council on 01205 314202.
- Fraud costs councils in the UK around £2.1 billion a year with some suggesting that a more realistic figure could be £7.3 billion. This is money that could be used for providing services at a time when councils are facing significant financial challenges. Councils share data with each other and other agencies to uncover fraudulent claims.