Local authorities across Cambridgeshire have come together to pilot a stronger and more coordinated approach to finding and fighting fraud. The Cambridgeshire Anti-Fraud Network (CAFN) consists of Huntingdonshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council and will work to identify local and cross-boundary fraud.

The Audit Commission estimates that there is £21 billion of fraud against the public sector and £2.1 billion explicitly against local authorities. In order to try and combat this level of fraud, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has provided £16 million for 2015/16 to help support 60 local authorities to expand, develop and innovate their counter-fraud activities.

Huntingdonshire District Council is the location for the central hub for the CAFN and deals with all types of fraud including tenancy fraud, single person discount, council tax discounts or exemptions and any other risk or threat identified by the CAFN.

The CAFN has created a central intelligence and data sharing facility which will help identify more local and cross-boundary fraud, across a wide range of fraud types. It is estimated that this will help find and prevent over £1 million of fraud against local authorities in Cambridgeshire.

Cllr Darren Tysoe, Executive Councillor for Customer Services said: "By joining up with all other authorities across Cambridgeshire, we can work together and make it easier to detect this type of crime. We are determined to fight fraud and the funding received from the DCLG will help us to achieve this."

If you know of someone who is defrauding the council, please report it: