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Callcredit Welcomes New Social Housing Fraud Act

Mar 25 2013 12:00AM

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LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 03/25/13 -- Expert in public sector data matching and fraud prevention, Callcredit Information Group, welcomes the new Act of Parliament which outlaws the illegal sub-letting of social housing properties.

Callcredit believes the new Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 will act as a clear deterrent and could save the government an estimated GBP 1.7bn a year now that council tenants can be fined or imprisoned for illegal subletting.

According to The Audit Commission, social housing fraud is the single largest category of fraud loss in local government; in 2012 alone 98,000 social houses were unlawfully sublet. The new Act ensures that tenants illegally sub-letting could face a possibly unlimited fine and up to two years' in prison.

Andrew Davis, Director of Public Sector, Callcredit Information Group said: "We are delighted that the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill has now become law which we believe is a big step in helping to tackle tenancy fraud and freeing up homes for those in the greatest need for social housing. From the work we are doing with many councils across the UK to help prevent tenancy fraud we are acutely aware of problems local authorities face in identifying social housing fraud.

"Now that local authorities have been empowered to prosecute those committing social housing fraud the next step is to ensure local authorities have the correct tools to identify and assess tenants in a timely and cost effective way."

Specifically designed for the public sector Callcredit's Three Sixty solutions helps detect potential fraud amongst existing tenants, monitors them for change of circumstances and prevents fraudulent applications and allocations, which can help prioritise cases for further investigation.

Andrew continued: "We are committed to fighting fraud locally and look forward to continuing to help local authorities detect fraud amongst existing tenants, monitoring existing tenants for change of circumstances and preventing fraudulent applications and allocations. The new Act will be able to bring all this hard work full circle and show fraudsters the real consequences to their actions."

For more information on the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 visit the parliament website where you can download the full report: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06378.

About Callcredit Information Group - www.callcredit.co.uk

Callcredit Information Group's leading approach to deploying consumer information brings together experts across the fields of credit referencing, marketing services, interactive solutions and consultative analytics to provide clients with a range of innovative and effective products to discover new customers and to engage with current customers to optimise and increase profitability.

Products include award-winning fraud verification tools and database solutions to positively verify customers identity, global operations to help expand businesses into new markets, digital solutions to improve the overall journey consumers make during interaction with a brand, customer handling to ensure consumer satisfaction at all levels and consumer marketing data and segmentation to improve understanding and targeting of prospects and customers.

Callcredit also offers products for their clients to assess a customer's credit risk and affordability and their experts in collections and recoveries provide tailored debt recovery and tracing tools. Their market analysis and network planning function helps organisations develop profitable retail networks, and their tools in multi bureau, analytics and metrics work to provide fully assessed bureau data.

About ThreeSixty

-- ThreeSixty Tenant View helps to quickly assess existing social tenancies, to ensure that the expected tenants are still resident. Where this isn't the case, the expected tenants will be traced and name the current occupiers.-- ThreeSixty Online helps to prevent tenancy fraud at time of application and allocation. If suspicions are raised during an identity check an additional search can be made.-- ThreeSixty Hub provides member local authorities with access to housing benefit, social tenancy and waiting list information. This will identify if prospective or existing tenants are also tenant in other local authorities, and whether they are claiming housing benefit elsewhere.





Contacts:
Callcredit Information Group
Duncan Bowker
PR Manager
0113 388 4300 or Mobile: 07557 263 660
duncan.bowker@callcreditgroup.com

Callcredit Information Group
Lucy Smith
Press Officer
0113 388 4300 or Mobile: 0786 739 5104
lucy.smith@callcreditgroup.com

Callcredit Information Group
Amy Bhavra
PR Officer
0113 826 6845 or Mobile: 0755 716 2990
amy.bhavra@callcreditgroup.com
www.callcredit.co.uk





Source: Marketwire


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