Fighting fraud

Part of our role is to combat fraud and we have specialists in dealing with cases of fraud or other irregularities.

We also take part in the biannual National Fraud Initiative (NFI), run by the Cabinet Office, which is a data-matching exercise designed to prevent and detect fraud in public services and the benefits system.

Internal Audit Open Data and the Local Government Transparency Code

We are committed to being open and transparent about how we work, our decision-making processes and the services provided. 

The Local Government Transparency Code has been issued to meet the Government’s desire to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

As part of the Transparency Code, the Council needs to publish certain data in relation to fraud and investigation activity.

The following information relates to investigations into fraud and irregularity carried out by Internal Audit and Counter Fraud.

For the purpose of these figures "fraud" is an intentional false representation, including failure to declare information or abuse of position, that is carried out to make gain, cause loss or expose another to the risk of loss. This includes cases where management authorised action has been taken including, but not limited to, disciplinary action, civil action, or criminal prosecution.

Fraud Transparency Data 2016-2023 [12.5 KB] [xlsx]

Further details

For more details of our policies or to report a suspected fraud or irregularity please select the relevant link: