Anti fraud and corruption strategy

Corporate anti-fraud transparency code

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

2018

2017

2016

Prevention of social housing fraud powers

342 (198 cases)

138

87

Total number FTE fraud officers

11

11

11

Total number FTE ACFS

7

7

7

Total amount spent on investigation

£640,303

£567,447

£670,136

Total amount spent on prosecution

TBA

£594

£25,000

Total number of fraud cases investigated

744

606

807

Number of Cases of a) Fraud and b) irregularity identified

a)      199

b)      159

a)      208

b)      153

 

Total monetary value a) fraud b) irregularity identified

a) £3,022,000*1-*3

b) £908,000*4

a)      £3,198,800

b)      B) 750,188

 

Total monetary value a) fraud b) irregularity recovered

a)      £81,545

b)       £0

a)      £48,464

b)      £0

 

 

*1 Notional Value of Sub-let Property based on nationally recognised cost of housing a Homeless Family for one year- £18,000 pa.

43 @ £18,000- £774,000

*2  10 RTB’s @£108,000- £1,080,000

*3 Value of a Parking Permit for full year in off- set parking income £8,000.

Badges seized 146 @£8,000- £1,168,000

*4 Irregularity 81

26 @£18,000-£468,000

55 @38,000- £440,000

 

For more information on transparency, please visit the transparency page. Download the anti fraud and corruption strategy  to find out more.

Download the council's anti bribery policy.