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Crawley Borough Council save thousands thanks to their Fraud Team.

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Targeted efforts by Crawley Borough Council’s Corporate Fraud and Inspections Team has saved hundreds of thousands of pounds and returned homes to the council’s stock.

2015/16 saw 17 council properties returned to council stock from tenants who were no longer using the property, saving more than £300,000. Twenty-three ineligible housing applications were also turned down, saving £414,000.

These savings are based on a figure of £18,000 for a property retrieved or an allocation stopped. This figure is what it costs a local authority to house people in bed and breakfast and/or temporary accommodation instead of a council property.

Tenancy fraud is not just a breach of the tenancy agreement, it’s a serious crime too and the team works hard to investigate any potential fraud against the council.

After investigations undertaken by council officers, 62 single person Council Tax discounts were removed from residents, generating an income of £40,000.

The team also established that 126 properties which were registered as long term empty were discovered to be occupied, resulting in approximately £1.1 million in extra funds over a six-year period from the Government’s New Homes Bonus Scheme.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “The council has stretched resources and our Fraud and Inspections Team works hard to make sure that only those eligible for council housing receive the help they need.

“Cracking down on fraudulent or ineligible applications for council housing or discounts helps ensure that those most in need benefit from the council’s help.”

If you suspect someone is a housing cheat, let us know by contacting the council’s Fraud and Inspections Team. Call them 24 hours a day on 0800 634 0180, emailinvestigations@crawley.gov.uk or visit www.crawley.gov.uk/fraud and fill in the e-form.

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Britain’s Got Talent auditions come to Crawley

The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.

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Get practising because Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Crawley!

The hugely popular ITV show is holding auditions right here in Crawley at The Hawth and you can be a part of it.

On Thursday 30th August from 2-8pm you can audition to be a part of this fantastic show.

If you are under 18 you MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

You can also apply via ITV.com/talent

So dust off those dance shoes, dig out the instruments and show the world how talented you are.

 

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