Anti-fraud and corruption strategy

The transparency code was introduced in 2014 to meet the government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands, enabling demonstrable democratic accountability and ease for local people to contribute and help shape public services.

The council shares in the principle that data held and managed by local authorities should be made available to local people and their partners subject to specific sensitivities (e.g. protecting vulnerable people or commercial and operational considerations).

As part of the requirement to publish data, the corporate anti-fraud team have the following key areas to be transparent with:

  • number of occasions Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (power to require information) (England) Regulations 2014 have been used
  • total number (full-time equivalent – FTE) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud
  • total number (full-time equivalent– FTE) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists
  • total amount spent by the authority on investigations and prosecutions of fraud
  • total number of fraud cases investigated.

The council has a duty to protect public money and is committed to tackling bribery, fraud, corruption and money laundering whenever it happens.

 

Fraud

2017

2016

 2015

Prevention of social housing fraud powers

138

87

12

Total number FTE fraud officers

11

11

16.5

Total number FTE ACFS

7

7

14.5

Total amount spent on investigation

£567,447

£670,136

£860,196

Total amount spent on prosecution

£594

£25,465

TBC

Total number of fraud cases investigated

606

807

1,461

Number of cases of cases of a) fraud and b) irregularity identified

A) 199

B) 173

A) 208

B) 153

 

Total monetary value a) fruad b) irregularity identified

A) £2,852,000

B) £1,352,000

A) £3,198,800

B) £750,188

 

Total monetary value a) fraud b) irregularity recovered

A) £115,602

B) £0

A) £48,464

B) £0

 

 

For more information on transparency, please visit the transparency page.

Our strategy covers:

Download the full anti fraud and corruption strategy  to find out more.

Download the council's anti bribery policy.