Council clawback success
Warrington Borough Council has clawed back more than a quarter of a million pounds of taxpayers money, thanks to the success of a new action plan.
The latest figures, presented to the Council’s Audit and Corporate Governance Committee, reveal that over the past year, the Council has identified and recovered more than £250,000 in fraud, error and debt monies – a 70% increase on last year.
The Council’s interventions form part of a new counter fraud strategy which includes a firm stance on prosecuting individuals who have profited from fraudulent activity.
The largest area of work for counter fraud officers to cover is council tax, with the majority of casework relating to abuses of the single person discount or undeclared earnings.
The strategy also reveals that the misuse of disabled blue badge passes remains an issue, after a string of recent prosecutions.
Cllr Russ Bowden, deputy leader and executive board member for corporate finance, said: “We want to ensure that we provide value for money, that everyone pays their fair share and that we bring in every penny we can to protect vital services. That’s why I’m so pleased that it has been such a successful year for us, in recovering monies owed.
“A big part of that is cracking down on fraud and we will continue to focus on using the full range of legal powers we have to deter people from engaging in fraudulent activity.”
If you have information or suspect any fraudulent activity, get in touch:
Council tax fraud - warrington.gov.uk/benefits
Blue badge abuse - warrington.gov.uk/bluebadges
General fraud enquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 854 440