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Fraud

Fraud costs the UK an estimated £190 billion per year. For the Public Sector as a whole that figure stands at £40.4 billion.

In the year to June 2017 Fraud & Cyber Crime accounted for almost 50% of all crimes; 5.2 million reported incidents.

Each pound lost through fraud, error and corruption reduces our ability as an authority to provide essential public services to our local community.

Fraud can be committed online, face to face, via e-mail, post and telephone. It covers a whole range of activities including:

  • deception
  • bribery
  • false accounting
  • false representation
  • theft
  • forgery
  • extortion
  • corruption
  • collusion
  • embezzlement and misappropriation

Fraud has a direct impact on:

  • the level of council tax that we set,
  • money available to spend on our schools,
  • money available to spend on the NHS and;
  • crucial front line services such as children’s & adult social care.

It is therefore vital that we work together to prevent, detect, investigate and deter all types of fraud affecting our services.

The main types of fraud affecting local authorities include:

  • Housing tenancy
  • Grants
  • Council tax support relief
  • Social care
  • Insurance
  • Blue Badge applications
  • Payroll
  • Procurement
  • Public health
  • Pensions

Corporate Anti Fraud Team

Address: London Borough of Harrow,
Room 300/301
Corporate Anti Fraud Team
3rd Floor East Wing,
Civic Centre,
Station Road,
Harrow,
HA1 2XF

Telephone: 020 8424 1834