Barnet Homes supported Barnet CAFT (Council Anti-fraud Team) during their recent drive to promote International Fraud Week – the outcome from that is that was a great success.
Barnet’s dedicated counter-fraud team, CAFT, work to protect the public purse and detect, disrupt and investigate those intent on committing fraud.
Staff from Barnet Homes and CAFT went on a door-knocking campaign to confirm that the right tenants were actually resident. 500 properties were checked as part of International Fraud Awareness Week.
As a result, one tenant has agreed to hand the keys to his property back in December. This means the property can be re-let to people in genuine need of housing – it is estimated this has saved the taxpayer £9.3million. This is based on the equivalent average cost of building a new social housing unit being £150,000.