(TELEGRAPH) — Council leaders have introduced lie detector tests in a bid to catch benefit fraudsters who trick them out of thousands of pounds every year.
The move has already helped anti-fraud officials catch nearly 4,000 fraudsters claiming council tax discounts and saved more than £1,400,000 in four months.
The new hi-tech system – which analyses telephone calls from claimants for signs of stress in their voices – is being run by Southwark Council in south London.
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Council bosses have defended its use, saying the town hall is the 13th worst hit by Government cuts and therefore has to take a tough line on fraud.