Investigation into benefits administration

PUBLISHED: 12:50 02 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:32 06 May 2010

A FRAUD team is investigating the administration of housing benefits by Stevenage Borough Council. The Benefit Fraud Inspectorate will examine authorities which are taking longer than average to process claims. Stevenage s executive councillor for resour

A FRAUD team is investigating the administration of housing benefits by Stevenage Borough Council.

The Benefit Fraud Inspectorate will examine authorities which are taking longer than average to process claims.

Stevenage's executive councillor for resources Sharon Taylor said: "We have no objection to an inspection from the Department for Work and Pensions, however to claim that Stevenage's housing benefit performance is under-performing is simply untrue.

"In fact, over the last three months, our performance is amongst the best.

"We regret the dip in performance following the implementation of the new IT system, however our staff have worked hard to turn this around and there have been significant improvements in the last six months alone.

"We expect to continue improving this year as more processes are streamlined.

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