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Local Government: Fraud

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the monetary value of the potential frauds identified by the Audit Commission in its National Fraud Initiative since the inception of that initiative. (324014)

The Audit Commission requires all participants in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) to report the levels of fraudulent and erroneous payments prevented and detected as a result of following up the data matches provided to them. The totals of fraudulent and erroneous payments are given in the national reports published at the end of each exercise. From its launch in 1996 to the end of the 2006/07 exercise, the cumulative reported outcomes from the NFI totalled some £450 million.

The report on the most recent completed exercise, NFI 2008-09, is scheduled for publication in May 2010, and the Audit Commission is confident that this figure will have increased significantly.