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ANTI-FRAUD INCENTIVE SCHEME MUST SET REALISTIC TARGET FOR COUNCILS

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The Association of District Councils has attacked plans to make subsidy penalties a feature of the anti-fraud incen...
The Association of District Councils has attacked plans to make subsidy penalties a feature of the anti-fraud incentive scheme in 1994-95.

In an open letter to Social Security minister, Alistair Burt, the association said the introduction of penalties was 'premature and unjustified'. The letter remarks on the disappointment felt over the department's failure to take on board advice given by the ADC.

'It was made clear at the time that the national target of £229m was unrealistically high and would fail to give authorities a meaningful incentive to take on additional fraud staff,' said the letter written by councillors Paul Jenks and Margaret Moran.

Councils are keen to tackle fraud but meaningful targets must be set and fairly distributed, said the letter.
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