· The amount of money obtained and how long the offence lasted.
· The circumstances in which the offences occurred.
· The number of people involved.
· Whether the offence was premeditated.
· Whether the offence was disclosed voluntarily.
· Previous convictions of the offender(s), particularly those of like offences.
· The age, physical and mental condition of offenders.
· The quality of the evidence obtained i.e. direct, rather than circumstantial is preferred.
· The costs involved of taking proceedings.
· Any mitigating factors that might prevent the Council from prosecuting.
· If there was any failure in the way that the Housing Benefit was administered.
· Was the defendant in a position of trust?
· Is the defendant likely to perpetrate the same offences again?
· The publicity that will be gained.
· Any relevant legislation or legal rules.