Government announces £16 million to help councils tackle fraud

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
27 November 2014

The UK government has announced £16 million of extra funding to help councils tackle fraud.

The cash will be used for projects dealing with procurement fraud, housing tenancy cheats, business rates evasion and social care and health tourism.

It is estimated that fraud cost local government £2.1 billion in 2013, of which procurement fraud made up the largest proportion of £876 million.

Earlier this year the Department for Communities and Local Government announced £19 million to help councils tackle housing tenancy fraud.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “We will not tolerate fraudsters who rip off councils and hardworking taxpayers, which is why this government is pumping millions of pounds into helping councils catch these thieves and claw back this money.”

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