Anti-fraud and corruption strategy and policy
Rutland County Council has a good record in preventing and identifying fraud but cannot afford to be complacent. Fraud diverts money away from front line public services such as schools and community services. Preventing and detecting fraud is the responsibility of all staff.
Below is the Rutland County Council’s Counter Fraud and Corruption Policy. It provides a clear framework for the Council to investigate suspected fraud thoroughly, to prosecute wherever the evidence supports such action and seek recovery of defrauded monies through all possible legal means.
To report suspected fraud you can contact the National Benefit Fraud Hotline, Their free telephone number is 0800 854 440.
National Fraud Initiative
Rutland County Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
Local Government Transparency Code: Counter-Fraud
Tackling fraud is an integral part of ensuring that tax-payers money is used to protect resources for frontline services. The cost of fraud to local government is estimated at £2.1 billion a year. This is money that can be better used to support the delivery of front line services and make savings for local tax payers.
A culture of transparency should strengthen counter-fraud controls. The Local Government Transparency Code makes it clear that fraud can thrive where decisions are not open to scrutiny and details of spending, contracts and service provision are hidden from view. Greater transparency, and the provisions in this Code, can help combat fraud.
The Transparency Code requires the annual publication of data relating to the Council’s counter fraud work. The link below summarises all the information which we are required to publish.
Blue Badge Misuse & Fraud
Misuse of a Blue Badge is a serious offence and in some case may be considered to be fraud.
The Council is committed to taking action against Blue Badge fraud and misuse and in serious cases the Council will prosecute offenders. A Badge can be withdrawn if it is misused or the badge holder allows others to misuse it.
It is a criminal offence to display a Blue Badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle, or the vehicle is being used to pick up or drop off the holder.
It is also a criminal offence for non-disabled people to use a Badge. If they do so, they are liable to a fine of up to £1000.
Examples of Blue Badge Misuse and Fraud
- Lying about or exaggerating a disability to get a Badge
- Making or using a fake Badge
- Altering a Badge (for example to make if appear the Badge is still valid)
- Using a Badge knowing that it is stolen
- Using a Badge that belonged to a person that has died
- Using a Badge when the Badge Holder is not travelling in the car
- Misuse of a designated Blue Badge bay.
- Non-disabled people who park in a bay designated for Blue Badge holders are liable to a parking fine.
If you are not sure about when you can use a Badge you should contact the Council for advice.