Awareness week highlights anti-fraud work across the county

Published: 20 Nov 2019

This week is International Fraud Awareness Week and the Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS) is highlighting its vital 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.

Residents can help us to protect their vital services from fraud by calling 0300 123 4033, visiting or emailing SAFS at

For more on International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs until Saturday 23 November, follow the web link: