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IRRV APPLAUDS NEW FRAUD OFFICE

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Social security secretary Peter Lilley's announcement last week at the Conservative Party conference that he intend...
Social security secretary Peter Lilley's announcement last week at the Conservative Party conference that he intends to set up a benefits fraud inspectorate has been welcomed by senior council officers.

Mr Lilley said the inspectorate would be part of a wide- ranging package of anti-fraud measures that would include computer cross-checking of benefit claims, tax returns and VAT receipts.

Pat Doherty, senior vice-president of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation, said the institute welcomed the move but wanted to see more detail before responding in full.

'The institute itself has been arguing for a long time that there is a need for a national benefits inspectorate, but one that would range more widely than simply fraud,' he said at the institute's conference last Friday.
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