FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

25 March 2021

·         Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG)

·         Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARG)

·         Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) - closed August 2020

·         Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund (RHLGF) - closed August 2020

·         Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF) - closed August 2020

 

Please provide the following information for each of the schemes above separately:

  1. How much money has been issued from the start of the scheme to date and to how many businesses?
  2. How much money has been assessed as obtained fraudulently and how many businesses have been involved?
  3. How much of the money identified in the answer to Q2 has been recovered to date?
  4. Where fraud was identified how many of those cases have been referred to the authorities to date?
  5. How much has been issued in error and to how many businesses? For each please explain what the error was.
  6. How much of the money issued in error identified in Q5 has been recovered to date?
  7. What policy was in place to ensure that grants were not fraudulently obtained or granted in error to businesses?


East Herts Council Response

26 April 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

Please provide the following information for each of the schemes above separately:

  1. How much money has been issued from the start of the scheme to date and to how many businesses?

·         Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) 1. £ 7,799,023.45

                                                                                                                                               

·         Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARG) 1 £1,760,795.00

·         Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) - closed August 2020   1. £17,500,000.00

·         Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund (RHLGF) - closed August 2020 1. £10,015,000.00,

·         Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF) - closed August 2020 £1,571,500.00

 

How much money has been assessed as obtained fraudulently and how many businesses have been involved?

How much of the money identified in the answer to Q2 has been recovered to date?

Where fraud was identified how many of those cases have been referred to the authorities to date?

How much has been issued in error and to how many businesses? For each please explain what the error was.

How much of the money issued in error identified in Q5 has been recovered to date?

the determination of  whether a payment was actually fraudulently obtained, or as a result of an error in understanding the scheme requirements is being evaluated in 3 cases for the  small business grant fund scheme totalling £30,000.

 

What policy was in place to ensure that grants were not fraudulently obtained or granted in error to businesses?

The Government specified a range of checks and validations that were required to be undertaken in addition to locally determined checks, but these cases can only minimise the risk of fraud not eradicate it completely. Sharing details of these may provide information to future fraudsters to avoid detection

 

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.