Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Butt has outlined in his Brent Council blog his administration’s fairness priority. To meet our priority he identifies the following:
- Making Brent a Living Wage paying Borough
- Starting a bulk energy purchasing scheme
- Tackling slum housing in the private rented sector
- Combating fraudulent claims for benefits and services so people in need can get the services that are essential for them
You can read his full blog here – LINK
In addition to my post here on benefit cheats getting caught (LINK), I have another example of us cracking down on such activity from the Dollis Hill part of Dudden Hill Ward. My Safer Neighbourhood Team has informed me of a resident who lived in social housing was found to actually be working in a well paid job for a housing association.
A resident from the Neasden part of Dudden Hill Ward has been jailed for four and a half years after acquiring nearly a quarter of a million pounds over six years from multiple agencies; one of which was Brent Council.
Brent Labour are clamping down on benefit cheats and the Labour led Brent Council will continue to pursue fraudsters, even through civil courts if necessary, until full repayment of money claimed is made.
But your help is also needed. If you know of anyone who is wrongfully cheating the taxpayer of money by receiving entitlements when they shouldn’t be, please call this free phone number 0800 937 777.
Brent Council continues to wage war on benefit fraud and has secured six separate convictions in the last month against Brent residents who have claimed thousands of pounds of benefits illegally.
The six cheats who fraudulently claimed around £190,000 of benefits include a midwife who lied about her earnings, three tenants who lied about their landlords, a secret property owner, a woman who had thousands of pounds of savings and a fitness instructor who claimed not to have a job.
They have all been found guilty and given a variety of sentences including time in prison, tagging, curfews and community service.
Lead Member for Resources, Cllr Muhammed Butt, said: “I hope this sends a clear message that fraud is crime and crime does not pay. We will pursue anyone who is claiming benefits they are not entitled to. Benefits are for the borough’s most needy residents and not to supplement the lifestyle of greedy fraudsters.”
Brent will continue to pursue fraudsters – through civil courts if necessary – until full repayment of money claimed is made.
To report someone claiming benefits they are not entitled to, call free phone 0800 937 777.