Issue details

Issue details

Protecting the Public Purse - The Future of the Investigation Service

The announcement by the DWP that Housing Benefit Investigation case loads and Investigation Officers who predominately work on suspected welfare benefit fraud will transfer over to DWP from October 2014. The actual date of the Oxford City Council transfer is 1st February 2015. This transfer affects the Council’s ability to fight fraud locally, giving assurance to the public.


The preventing, investigating and deterring fraud against the Council is reliant on the Council decision to retain the Investigation Officer posts and resource considered to be in scope to transfer over to the SFIS. 4 posts (3FTE) currently fall in scope; 2 fulltime Investigation Officer posts and 2 part time Intelligence Officer posts.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Significant effect on people living or working in at least 2 wards;

Decision status: Abandoned

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 06/05/2014

Decision due: 3 Jul 2014 by City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)
Reason: meeting dates of CEB

Lead member: Finance, Asset Management and Public Health (pre 2015)

Lead director: Head of Financial Services

Department: Financial Services

Contact: Carol Quainton, Investigation Manager 01865 252478 Email: Tel: 01865 252478.

Consultation process

Consultation with individual officers if determined to be in scope for transferring to the new Single Fraud Investigation Service should the Council decide not to retain the resource.