West Lancashire Borough Council Outdated Policy On Fraud

On checking the WLBC anti-fraud policy, with the Beacon Park Golf Course landfill royalty scandal in mind, it seems not to have any urgency, as the relevant section of published information dates from 2014.

This is what you see in 2020 https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/media/192477/Fraud-Transparency-PDF.pdf

“The Council is obliged to publish certain information in relation to its activities on the prevention of fraud. The relevant information for 2014 is set out below:

• The Council has not used its powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014 or similar powers during the last year
• There are currently 2.5 full time equivalent employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud throughout the Authority
• There are currently 2 professionally accredited counter fraud specialists working for the Authority
• A total of £84,000 was spent by the Authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud
• A total of 46 fraud cases were investigated during the year. These were all in relation to Housing Benefit and Council Tax fraud.

Perhaps fraud really doesn’t have any urgency, as suspected by the lack of any investigative action of the VAT and royalty accountancy at the Beacon Park Golf Course? We can only wonder what the 4.5 employees have been investigating since 2014?

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