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Enfield Council signs up to counter-fraud initiative

Published Friday, 29 January 2016

Enfield Council is playing its part in a new initiative to tackle fraud London wide. The London Counter Fraud hub, which will be led by Ealing Council will see all 33 boroughs joining together, including Enfield, to tackle fraud thanks to £430,400 funding from the Government.

The London Counter Fraud Hub (LCFH) will access data from each council, plus data from Government departments and commercially available sources, and use state-of-the-art technology to identify fraud, so that action can be taken to avoid fraud and recover money from fraudsters.

In order to maximise its effectiveness, the hub will work with the police, the National Crime Agency, and CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Efficiency, Cllr Andrew Stafford, said: “As councils struggle to cope with massively reduced budgets it is more important than ever to fight fraud. This new hub will build on existing counter-fraud work to help ensure that public funding is spent on public services.

“Enfield Council leads the way in the fight against fraud, working across agencies and sharing information to catch benefit fraudsters wherever they choose to hide. This new hub will ensure no matter what area they claim in, all authorities can work together to ensure that benefits are only paid to those truly entitled to them.”

Edward Lord OBE JP, Chair of the Capital Ambition board, said: “The London Counter Fraud Hub is a fantastic example of London local government coming together in its entirety to address a critical loss of revenue at a time of unprecedented budget cuts.

“This has the potential to save local authorities significant sums of money and could prove a very good investment in the fight against fraud.”

Funding from the Government Department for Communities and Local Government will enable a private sector partner to be contracted to help set-up and operate the hub. The contractor will be paid on the basis of results, in order to ensure the initiative will always save more than it costs to run.

Once it becomes operational in December 2016/January 2017, the hub will uncover fraud by organised crime groups as well as individuals.

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