Birmingham City Council uncovers £5.8 million in benefit overpayments
In Birmingham, the report shows that over the last three years, the City Council uncovered £5.8 million of benefit overpayments. It also identified almost 18,000 cases of suspected fraud or error, prosecuted, cautioned or gave an administrative penalty (a fine equivalent to 30% of the overpayment) to about 1,400 people and prevented overpayments of around £3 million.
There are concerns that as the Audit Commission is one of the public bodies being disbanded by the government's cost cutting measures, that next year's "valuable" fraud survey could be the last and the loss of the organization could weaken local authority controls.
You can download the full report from the Audit Commission in pdf format here.