In response to the report into council fraud, a spokesman for the Department of Communities and Local Government said:
Local taxpayers are being ripped off by £2 billion a year because councils are failing to tackle fraud.
Councils need to do far more to raise their game to tackle these crimes.
To help councils, Government is changing the law to allow them to get tough on social housing cheats.
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