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Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
Enforcement - Lambeth council
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Enforcement - Lambeth council

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  • 1. London Borough of Lambeth Parking Fraud Partnership Sharing best practice – sharing success Ashley Brandon Parking Investigations Manager Tel: 020 7926 7720 abrandon@lambeth.gov.uk www.lambeth.gov.ukparkingwww.Lambeth.gov.uk/parking
  • 2. Building on a good foundation • Lambeth Parking Fraud Team: – 2 Investigators – Investigation Manager – Backed by internal Legal Services Team – Supported by enforcement contractors NSL services – Work with Met Police Safer Neighbourhoodwww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 3. Building on a good foundation • Engage with customers: – Work with Lambeth’s Accessible Transport Team – Engage with charities and organisations, i.e. DMUK, local support teams – Talk to resident and business groups – Stay up to date with the Department for Transport and BBIS. – Provide input into local media and also industry press.www.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 4. Building on a good foundation • What we’ve achieved: – First Prosecution in 2006 – Successfully prosecute an average of 150 offences per year (currently at 820 prosecutions) – Won the British Parking Association’s Enforcement Award in 2010 – 2 suspended custodial sentences – Implemented the first cross-borough fraud investigations initiativewww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 5. How to share best practice • Wanting to share is key: – Many local authorities don’t have the appetite to participate – What works for one authority may not work for another – “We don’t have a problem with parking fraud”www.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 6. How to share best practice • Why taking action is important: – Blue Badge Fraud Happens EVERYWHERE – Genuine users of the scheme are being affected – Local authorities are being defrauded of millions of pounds (estimated £4.6 million p/a) – Show support for local community by enforcing proactively and fairly – Publicity on enforcement acts as a good deterrent to potential future offenderswww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 7. How to share best practice • How can enforcement be carried out: – Legislation which permits enforcement • RTRA 1984 • TMA 2004 • Fraud Act 2006 (Common law) • Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 • Theft Act 1968www.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 8. How to share best practice • How can enforcement be shared: – Fraud occurs across borough/county borders – Look to established teams with proven success – Use information sharing opportunities – Spread the costwww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 9. Case Study • Lambeth – Croydon Partnership: – Understood there was a cross border problem – Identified that perceived cost implications were a deterrent – Evaluated what resources were available – Discussed what both sides aimed to achieve • Spoke to residents, councillors and staff – Developed a business proposal which took into account both partieswww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 10. Case Study • Lambeth – Croydon Partnership: – Initiated training phase based on discussions – Deployed investigator in Croydon to work with CEOs – Altered prosecution process to accommodate different legal structure – Attained goals originally set out to achieve through regular reviewswww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 11. Case Study • Lambeth – Croydon Partnership – Identified more than 130 offences during first term (4 months) – Recovered around £25,740 in PCNs and removal fees, including more than £6k in costs awarded on prosecutions – Estimated savings in excess of £50k as a result of enforcement activitywww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 12. Case Study • Lambeth – Croydon Partnership – Second term commenced in May – Already identified 40 separate offences after three weeks of investigations, over £5k generated – Currently in discussions with Brighton and Hove Council, Sutton County Council – Also carry out ad hoc prosecutions for neighbouring authorities, Lewisham, Southwark and TfLwww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 13. Benefits of Partnership Working • The Benefits are clear: – Priority: Genuine badge holders benefit from using the scheme as it was intended! – Reduced level of fraud – Additional income from two streams, i.e. Enforcement and general income from persons parking lawfully – Blue Badge Reform makes it easier to share info – Happier Residents and visitorswww.lambeth.gov.ukparking
  • 14. London Borough of Lambeth Parking Fraud Partnership For more information please contact: Ashley Brandon Parking Investigations Manager Tel: 020 7926 7720 abrandon@lambeth.gov.uk www.lambeth.gov.ukparkingwww.Lambeth.gov.uk/parking

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