How to tell us about fraud, corruption or wrongdoing

If you think someone is committing fraud against the County Council, or if you have evidence of corruption or other wrongdoing, please tell us, whether the people concerned work for us or not. The following are some examples of fraud that may impact the County Council:

  • Misuse of a blue badge (parking scheme for people with a disability);
  • False claims or misuse of Council grants;
  • Procurement Fraud (the Council being overcharged for goods or services);
  • Internal Fraud (fraud committed by someone from the Council).

All benefit fraud is investigated by the Department for Works and Pensions.

East Sussex County Council is a member of the East Sussex Counter Fraud Hub. Fraud reports for District and Borough Councils can be made through the Hub’s ′Focus on Fraud′ website.

We will keep what you tell us confidential and we will investigate the situation thoroughly and fairly.

When providing information, please ensure you provide as much relevant information as possible. For example:

  • Details of the people you suspect are committing a fraud (name, address, description)
  • Details of any vehicle
  • Why you suspect they are committing a fraud
  • Dates, times and places of the suspected fraud.

By phone

You can leave a message on our Confidential Reporting Hotline. You can do this without leaving your name if you wish. Dial 01273 481995.

If you wish to speak directly with someone you can call the Chief Internal Auditor on 01273 481447.

By email

Email our reporting hotline: confidentialreporting@eastsussex.gov.uk

By writing to the Council

If you wish to tell us in writing please write to either of the following:

The Chief Operating Officer
County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes BN7 1UE

The Chief Executive
County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes BN7 1UE

By writing to an independent organisation

If you would prefer to tell an independent organisation you can contact either of the following:

Joanne Lees
Director – Audit
KPMG LLP
15 Canada Square
Canary Wharf
London E14 5GL

Phone: 0207 311 1367

Email: joanne.lees@kpmg.co.uk

Public Concern at Work – a registered charity whose services are free and confidential:

Public Concern at Work
Suite 306
16 Baldwins Gardens
London EC1N 7RJ

Phone: 020 7404 6609

Blue Badge misuse

If you suspect misuse or fraudulent use of a badge: