- Software analyses calls from claimants for signs of stress in their voices
- The technology is similar to that used by insurance companies
- Southwark Council in London say they have saved £1,400,000
By Tony Bassett
PUBLISHED: 09:56 EST, 29 November 2012 | UPDATED: 10:52 EST, 29 November 2012
Town hall chiefs have brought in lie detector tests in a bid to beat benefit cheats 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 high-tech system – which analyses telephone calls from claimants for signs of stress in their voices – is being run by Southwark Council in south London.
Council chiefs 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.