Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District Council have joined forces to help them stamp out fraud.

By working together, the partnership will benefit from sharing resources, intelligence and state-of-the art detection techniques  to tackle a wide range of fraud, including, but not limited to;

  • Validating Council house tenancies and making sure that properties are allocated to those that have a genuine need
  • Tackling illegal subletting to reduce unauthorised occupation and return properties back to the housing stock
  • Identifying false claims for Council Tax reduction
  • Making sure people pay their Council Tax on time
  • Stopping false Right to Buy requests supported by third parties and to help avoid/reduce the potential for money laundering.

Anyone found guilty of fraud will not only have to pay the money back, but may also be prosecuted or subject to additional financial penalties.  So the message from both Derby City Council & South Derbyshire District Council is clear – If you’re committing fraud – STOP and if you’re thinking of doing so – THINK AGAIN.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Governance, said:

“Derby City Council is very pleased to enter into this partnership.  We are determined to tackle all aspects of fraud so that every penny the Council receives is spent on those Derby residents who need it”.

Councillor Bob Wheeler, Leader of South Derbyshire District Council, said:

“Our team works hard to prevent as many cases of fraudulent activity as possible, but with joint access to Derby City Council’s data and team intelligence even more cases will be cracked.

“The majority of people in South Derbyshire are hard-working taxpayers and fraud takes away money from where it should be spent – for the benefit of the District and its people.”

Reporting fraud is quick, easy to do and confidential.

Anyone wishing to speak to Derby City Council can email Inspectionservice@derby.gov.uk or call 01332 640888.

People wishing to speak to South Derbyshire’s fraud investigation team can visit www.south-derbys.gov.uk to complete an online Fraud Referral Form or alternatively can call 01283 595827 or email fraud@south-derbys.gov.uk.

Published: Thursday 23rd March, 2017.