5 Apr 2013

Bristol gets share of fund to tackle tenancy fraud

Bristol City Council has announced it is to receive £200,000 from the Government to help it tackle social housing fraud.

Fraudsters who live elsewhere and rent out their social homes can cost the taxpayer as much as £900 million a year, while making thousands of pounds in profits from their so-called tenants.

Housing Minister Mark Prisk, confirmed that 62 councils will benefit from a share of £9.5 million to bolster their activity to crack down on this behaviour – from specialist investigation teams to advanced data-matching.

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