Campaign set to launch to tackle fraud against the council

As part of International Fraud Awareness Week (15-21 November) – St Helens Council will launch a Fraud Awareness campaign to encourage people to report fraud committed against the council.

Following the transfer of Benefits Fraud Investigation Team to the
Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the council will run the campaign as it reconsiders its approach to fraud, in the hope of raising public awareness to the types of fraud and the social impact it has on the
council.

Types of fraud committed against the council include:
·       Council Tax – discount / exemptions fraud
·       Non-Domestic Rates fraud
·       Personal budgets / social care fraud
·       Tenancy / housing fraud
·       Blue Badge fraud
·       Theft / Misuse of Council property
·       Council staff fraud
·       Insurance fraud
·       Procurement fraud

Every year, £billions of taxpayer money is lost due to fraud. This is money
that should be used to improve your local community and services provided by your council.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor
Anthony Johnson said: “By running campaigns like this, it will help people
feel more confident in stepping forward to report those responsible for
abusing the system – so that they are punished accordingly.”

For more information on the different types of fraud – or to report fraud
being committed against St Helens Council, please visit
www.sthelens.gov.uk/fraud

Alternatively you can contact the Fraud Hotline on 0800 953 0217.