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Up to 50,000 council homes may be occupied by fraudsters

As the UK government gets set to invest a significant amount of money into council housing up and down the UK, a report by the audit commission suggests that a massive 50,000 council homes could well be occupied by fraudsters. The audit commission released a rough estimate calculating around £200 million of the £18.5 billion payout each year in housing and council tax benefits may well be fraudulently received.

It looks as though the UK government is readying itself for a massive attack on the benefits system around the UK and in particular housing and council tax benefits. Looking back, there has been an enormous increase in the amount of money paid out by the UK benefit system and instances of fraud are now more commonplace than ever before.

At the same time, it was revealed that one particular tenant in the London area was shown to have claimed around £135,000 in benefits using the identification of a third party. While much was made of the find, it is well known that the number of successful fraud convictions coming to the attention of the press, are only a scratch on the surface of what is becoming an enormous problem for the UK authorities.

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