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Fraud and corruption plan adopted by local government

24 March 2016

Councils have reviewed their strategy to target the estimated £2bn+ losses to fraud and have published a three year strategy focussed on limiting exposure to fraud across the public sector, including tenancy, payroll and procurement fraud to name but a few.

Fraud prevention starts with adopting robust systems and policies. Marcus Jones MP, Minister for Local Government, is encouraging councils to bolster counter fraud services in an 'invest to save' approach to the problem.

This multilateral approach will involve increased data and information sharing in order to facilitate prevention and detection. Identifying and removing the barriers (through initiatives such as the London Hub) which were often a source of frustration in the past is high on the agenda.

Underpinning all of this it is envisaged will be a counter fraud culture which encourages greater transparency, and protection of whistleblowers, to highlight and stop insider fraud and corruption. In addition collaboration with the police in prosecution of offenders and civil recovery are also seen as key to tackling fraud.

In all, the 2016 fraud and corruption strategy is a welcome call to arms and one which hopes to secure public money for its intended purpose.

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