Date Published: 19 November 2018
Rutland County Council has renewed its policy to fight off fraudsters and help protect public funds following this year’s international Fraud Awareness Week.
The updated Counter Fraud Policy provides a clear framework for the Council to identify and investigate anyone who tries to defraud the authority and to recover money from fraudsters by using all possible legal means.
Fraud Awareness Week runs from 11 to 17 November and is a global effort to minimise the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education.
Key strategies identified in Rutland’s Counter Fraud Policy include a renewed focus on prevention and deterrence, as well as increasing staff awareness to the threat and signs of fraud.
All Councils administer funds in order to deliver local services for residents and are sometimes targeted by persons wishing to defraud the public purse. The total cost of fraud to local government has been estimated at more than £2 billion a year by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
“The release of this updated policy underlines our commitment to fight all forms of fraud, whether it be fiscal, recruitment, cyber or procurement. The policy also sends a clear message that we will make every effort to identify attempts to defraud the public purse and will robustly pursue individuals responsible. It is essential that we are all alert to the risk of fraud and do everything we can to prevent, detect and report suspected fraud. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that the public money that we administer is protected and spent appropriately.”
Councillor Gordon Brown, Portfolio Holder for Finance
For more information about International Fraud Awareness Week and how to protect yourself from fraud, go to the Fraud Week website.