Hundreds of thousands fraudulently claimed from Harrow Borough Council

Hundreds of thousands fraudulently claimed from council

Hundreds of thousands fraudulently claimed from council

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A total of £315,000 of taxpayer’s cash was fraudulent claimed by benefit cheats last year.

Harrow Borough Council revealed the latest figures as part of its anti-fraud week to highlight the authority’s work tackling scammers.

The council's fraud team says it has prevented losses of around £1million, indentified 25 cases of housing or council tax benefit fraud and also social care direct payment fraud amounting to £315,000.

The team has identified four key areas of fraud risk against the council:  disabled parking badge fraud, false claims and unreported changes for housing benefit and council tax, housing tenancy fraud and social care and personal budgets fraud.

Council leader Councillor Susan Hall said: “Fraud is stealing, plain and simple, and people are not just stealing from us, they are stealing from their neighbours who work hard and pay their taxes.

“I hope this week will really show people how unfair this type of behaviour is and what the council is doing to stamp it out.”

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4:35pm Mon 3 Feb 14

DJFearRoss says...

To me, giving a house to a whole family who has never paid taxes in their lives, whilst I, who has worked my whole life, cannot afford to have children nor can even afford the deposit for a house, is robbery by the council.
To me, giving a house to a whole family who has never paid taxes in their lives, whilst I, who has worked my whole life, cannot afford to have children nor can even afford the deposit for a house, is robbery by the council. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Fraud is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE and must be rooted out.Not only is it completely unethical but it also deprives those who truly need help,in some instances,of receiving enhanced support,precisely because the funds have been leached by these devious characters who seem to make cheating .their main pastime.

Of course,should somebody think it's clever to rob honest tax-payers thus and feel no shame about their nefarious activities,we ,local citizens,should bring them down to earth with a jolt by REPORTING THEM to the authorities.thereby allowing fraudsters to feel the full force of the Law.

High time we put an end to these nasty practices and ensured that precious funds are only used for genuine,deserving citizens,badly in need of support.

Some have the wrong notion they would be "snitching"!Most definitely NOT!
To allow such rogues to get away simply because you can't be bothered to report them or you choose to keep mum,makes you unwittingly almost approve of this form of deceit.IT HURTS US ALL.

Having this ANTI-FRAUD WEEK will help raise awareness of the seriousness of this issue.I am sure Harrow Council will make sure this is high-lighted from time to time and that we are reminded.in a variety of ways,throughout the year, so that we,Harrovians,can do our bit to help STAMP OUT FRAUD from our Borough,once and for all!
Fraud is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE and must be rooted out.Not only is it completely unethical but it also deprives those who truly need help,in some instances,of receiving enhanced support,precisely because the funds have been leached by these devious characters who seem to make cheating .their main pastime. Of course,should somebody think it's clever to rob honest tax-payers thus and feel no shame about their nefarious activities,we ,local citizens,should bring them down to earth with a jolt by REPORTING THEM to the authorities.thereby allowing fraudsters to feel the full force of the Law. High time we put an end to these nasty practices and ensured that precious funds are only used for genuine,deserving citizens,badly in need of support. Some have the wrong notion they would be "snitching"!Most definitely NOT! To allow such rogues to get away simply because you can't be bothered to report them or you choose to keep mum,makes you unwittingly almost approve of this form of deceit.IT HURTS US ALL. Having this ANTI-FRAUD WEEK will help raise awareness of the seriousness of this issue.I am sure Harrow Council will make sure this is high-lighted from time to time and that we are reminded.in a variety of ways,throughout the year, so that we,Harrovians,can do our bit to help STAMP OUT FRAUD from our Borough,once and for all! Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -3

6:55pm Mon 3 Feb 14

rabbitz says...

Disabled parking badges . I walk to work and notice that three quarters of cars parked opposite the rear of Harrow met station are blue badge holders i assume these are legally parked and not just people abusing the system to park for free the catching the tube to work.
Disabled parking badges . I walk to work and notice that three quarters of cars parked opposite the rear of Harrow met station are blue badge holders i assume these are legally parked and not just people abusing the system to park for free the catching the tube to work. rabbitz
  • Score: 1

7:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

jackdaw says...

This fraud cheats the hard working taxpayer and also the poor and vulnerable. Catching these cheats frees up a home for people in genuine need on the housing waiting list. The money saved can then put back in the kitty to help provide a better service for those who need it.
This fraud cheats the hard working taxpayer and also the poor and vulnerable. Catching these cheats frees up a home for people in genuine need on the housing waiting list. The money saved can then put back in the kitty to help provide a better service for those who need it. jackdaw
  • Score: 3

1:15pm Thu 6 Feb 14

BarnetSteve says...

Benefit fraud costs you £1.30 per week using the worst fraud figures.
Tax evasion costs you £18 per week using the best figures.

Whilst it's great that a local council is keeping fraud down, it is a crime that central government allow such levels of tax evasion to take place. You are far more likely as an individual to be chased for £10 by the taxman than a huge organisation is to be chased for £10mil

Go figure!!
Benefit fraud costs you £1.30 per week using the worst fraud figures. Tax evasion costs you £18 per week using the best figures. Whilst it's great that a local council is keeping fraud down, it is a crime that central government allow such levels of tax evasion to take place. You are far more likely as an individual to be chased for £10 by the taxman than a huge organisation is to be chased for £10mil Go figure!! BarnetSteve
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