Awareness Week highlights anti-fraud work across the county

Published: 11 Oct 2019


The Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS) is supporting International Fraud Awareness Week (17 to 23 November) by highlighting its work across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

SAFS is a partnership between Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire councils which uses shared intelligence to combat fraudulent activity such as housing benefit, blue badge and council tax fraud. Since it was first established in 2015 SAFS has prevented over £15.5m being lost to criminal activity.

It works by providing a simple, accessible way for anyone to report fraud committed against their local council – from flagging up false benefit claims, fraudulent school admissions, illegal sub-letting and Blue Badge misuse.

Every pound lost to fraud has on knock-on impact on vital public services including schools, adult care, fire and rescue and police services, as well as council housing, adoption, refuse collections and highway maintenance.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance, Cllr Ralph Sangster said: “I’m sure everyone is aware of the severe financial pressures being faced by council services and every pound of public money lost to fraud is a pound lost from these crucial services.

“Housing tenancy fraud alone causes losses of millions of pounds every year and deprives families in genuine need of housing. We rely on our residents to help by being our eyes and ears and supporting their communities to ensure the resources go to those who need it.

“Every successful prosecution means more money is returned to the public purse to improve our community and valuable services.”

Residents can help us to protect their vital services from fraud by calling 0300 123 4033, visiting www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/fraud or emailing SAFS at fraud.team@hertfordshire.gov.uk

For more on International Fraud Awareness Week follow the web link: https://www.fraudweek.com/