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SOUTHWARK DENIES POOR FRAUD RECORD

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Southwark LBC has defended its internal audit procedures after an internal report exposed£1 million of fraud by em...
Southwark LBC has defended its internal audit procedures after an internal report exposed £1 million of fraud by employees over the past five years.

The fraud, uncovered by an internal team of auditors, related mainly to housing benefit and student grants.

But it also included false overtime claims, stealing of cheques and awarding of contracts.

Southwark defended its record saying the losses represented only £200,000 a year on an annual expenditure of £700m.

It said £600,000 had already been recovered and finance officers were pursuing recovery of the outstanding sum.

The district auditor had recently said Southwark had 'good practices' for eliminating and reducing benefit fraud, the council said.

'The council has also achieved a higher detection rate for this type of crime than the target recently set by the government,' it said.

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