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COUNCIL CORRUPTION RELATIVELY RARE BUT VERY DAMAGING, SAYS STUDY

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The Financial Times reports (10) on the Audit Commission report published today which says detected fraud, mostly a...
The Financial Times reports (10) on the Audit Commission report published today which says detected fraud, mostly abuse of the housing benefit scheme, against local authorities has risen from £17.5m to £25m over the past three years.

The paper comments that corruption is relatively rare with only 143 proven cases in the past three years, but the Commission warns suspicion is particularly damaging to councils. Controller of the Commission, Andrew Foster, said people had a right to have confidence in the administration of local government funds.
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