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Fujitsu Helps Gravesham Borough Council Tackle Social Housing Fraud

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

London, February 12, 2013

Each year housing tenancy, benefit and council tax fraud such as false entitlement, illegal sub-letting, lease sell-on and unauthorised succession, cost the UK’s local authorities in excess of £1.3bn1. But fraudsters in Gravesham Borough Council have recently faced detection after the local authority implemented Fujitsu’s social housing fraud and error technology.

Fujitsu’s Social Housing Analytics Service technology enabled it to combine data matching and predictive analytics to highlight high-risk social housing properties within the Borough. This risk detection service saved Gravesham Borough Council’s benefits investigators the time it would have taken to filter through large batches of data. It also ensured that the fraud investigation team was able to concentrate on inspecting high-risk properties first.

Fujitsu’s Social Housing Analytics Service technology enabled it to combine data matching and predictive analytics to highlight high-risk social housing properties within the Borough. This risk detection service saved Gravesham Borough Council’s benefits investigators the time it would have taken to filter through large batches of data. It also ensured that the fraud investigation team was able to concentrate on inspecting high-risk properties first.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), a long-standing customer of Fujitsu’s, is also using the company’s Fraud and Error Technology with great success, saving £192m due to the software’s ability to identify and flag fake tax credit claims. Extrapolated over a six year period, this could amount to around £1.15billion in savings by the end of the Coalition's tenure in 2015.

1The National Fraud Authority estimates Housing Tenancy Fraud costs local authorities in excess of £900million each year (AFI 2012). In addition to Housing Tenancy Fraud, other housing related fraud, such as Housing Benefit Fraud and Council Tax Fraud are estimated to cost Local Authorities £300 million and £131 million a year respectively.

James Flannery at Gravesham Borough Council, said: “Working with Fujitsu has enabled us to quickly and effectively identify issues that were not previously visible within our social housing stock. It has also served to highlight elements of traditional routine reviews that were not always effective and is allowing us to act faster on fraudulent activity. For example, the Social Housing Analytics Service technology has enabled us to pursue action against illegal tenancies, more quickly than in the past, and it also provided us with the ability to effectively identify high-risk properties. This has allowed our investigators to get on with the job of investigating. The results to date speak for themselves and we will continue to work with private sector organisations such as Fujitsu to save our tax payers money.”

Ian Hall, lead practitioner for Local Government at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, said: “Ever increasing pressure on social housing stock in the UK means that ensuring that properties are used legitimately and efficiently are key priorities for housing providers. As such, Fujitsu is pleased to be working successfully with Gravesham Borough Council to help it tackle one of the biggest issues facing local authorities today – social housing fraud. Our technology in this area has been proven to deliver dramatic results in a very short period in both local and central government. We look forward to being able to help more local authorities realise the benefits of fraud detection and prevention.”

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com

About Fujitsu UK and Ireland

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing over 10,100 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Additionally, 1,900 people are employed by Fujitsu in its other UK operations. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: uk.fujitsu.com

About Gravesham Borough Council

Gravesham Borough Council serves about 100,000 people in the North Kent Thameside area, with ownership of over 5500 social tenancies. It covers the towns of Gravesend and Northfleet and the villages of Meopham, Higham, Shorne, Culverstone, Luddesdown and Vigo. It is served by the domestic High Speed trains to St Pancras and mainline rail services to Victoria and Charing Cross. It straddles the A2 (London to Dover). For more information please visit:
http://www.gravesham.gov.uk/

Graham Goulden

Phone: Phone: + 44 (0) 843 354 9568
E-mail: E-mail: graham.goulden@uk.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Alizia Walker

Phone: Phone: + 44 (0) 20 7861 2800
E-mail: E-mail: teamfujitsu@harvard.co.uk
Company:Harvard PR

Date: 12 February, 2013
City: London