We have a zero tolerance policy to fraud in all its form including bribery, corruption and theft.
Our fraud Response Plan [PDF] counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Policy and Strategy [PDF] set out our approach to managing fraud and corruption.
Fraud update 2014/2015
- 25 people were employed to investigate fraud in 2014-15
- we did not employ any professional accredited counter fraud specialists
- the total cost of employee time spent investigating fraud was £44,168
- 28 fraud cases were investigated.
National fraud initiative
We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may need to share information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds.
We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative, a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Mister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercises, and these are set out in the Audit Commission's guidance, which can be found in the Cabinet Office guidance.
For further information view the Cabinet Office's legal powers and reasons why it matches particular information.
We're helping the Audit Commission combat fraud by providing them with data relating to a number of areas including payroll, pensions payroll, insurance claimants, trade creditors, blue badge passes and private supported care home residents. By law, the County Council is required to hand over the information which is used to check for potential fraudulent claims and payments.