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HULL BENEFIT FRAUD SCHEME DELAY

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A crackdown on housing benefit and council tax fraud in Hull is likely to be delayed until July next year because o...
A crackdown on housing benefit and council tax fraud in Hull is likely to be delayed until July next year because of the expected workload.

The Hull Daily Mail reports that chiefs at Kingston upon Hull City Council believe new government moves to tackle fraud will require the creation of a 31-strong team of officers.

Housing director Tom Hagan says the new system will inevitably slow down processing times for benefit claims.

He said new computerised filing systems would be needed and estimated that council staff will have to make around 32,000 visits to check claims.

Although the government is offering funding to help with the expected costs of setting up the new system, Mr Hogan says only a quarter of the anticipated£1.2m bill will be picked up by Whitehall.
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