Friday, July 19, 2024

Crackdown on housing fraudsters

COUNCILLORS have pledged to crack down on social housing fraudsters.

At a recent meeting of Thurrock Council, councillors agreed to a motion that looked for the “full force of the law” being used in relation to those found guilty of housing fraud.

Shadow deputy leader and Barking and Dagenham council bailiff, cllr Rob Gledhill proposed the motion.

Cllr Gledhill highlighted that almost £900 million per year was lost to Essex alone because of fraud in relation to social housing.

Portfolio holder for Housing, cllr Val Morris-Cook agreed with cllr Gledhill. She said: “We must use the law to break this cycle of deceit.”

The motion was passed.


  1. £900 million for Essex would be an absolutely ridiculous figure.

    If this figure was corrects then everybody in social housing in Essex would be committing fraud.

    I think Cllr Gledhill has either plucked a ridiculously high figure out of the air or not bothered to read the Narional Fraud Authority briefing correctly.


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