Showing fraudsters the door — the problem of social-housing fraud
In 2012, the Audit Commission reported that social-housing fraud accounts for the largest losses, arising from fraud, in local government, with approximately 98,000 social homes being subject to fraud. The National Fraud Authority estimates the cost of social-housing fraud to be around £900m per year and it’s believed that there are currently around 1.8 million households waiting for an allocation of a social sector tenancy.
These statistics only show half the picture. While social-housing fraud not only has a devastating financial impact upon local government and private-registered providers of social housing (PRPs), it also has considerable societal consequences. Social-housing fraud deprives those in greatest need of a home, meaning that families spend longer in temporary accommodation, which, in turn, may inhibit social cohesion within communities, interrupt educational provision and employment and give rise to increased costs for local authorities…
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