Council Tax cheats get caught in data warehouse

By on 28/03/2011 in News

Better use of Birmingham City Council's vast wealth of information has uncovered £6.8million of incorrectly or fraudulently claimed Single Person Council Tax discounts.

The cash has been indentified by officers using the council's “Data Warehouse” - which enables them to carry out data matching exercises using information held in various systems across the authority.

As well as the identified debt, a total of £1.2million has been awarded in extra benefits through the process. Of the net debt, £3.6million has been collected and the rest is being actively pursued.

The figures have been made available in the annual report of Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member of Finance, due to be presented to the Finance Overview and Scrutiny Committee tomorrow (March 29).

Cllr Brew said: “Through effective use of technology and the information we have at our disposal, we are making great strides forward in our effort to protect the public purse.

“I have said on many occasions that those entitled to benefits should receive every penny they are due - but there is no room for cheats within the system.

“These figures show we are making a difference and I am committed to ensuring we do everything we can to make Birmingham a fraud-free city.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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