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Data on fraud and irregularity

Annual update in relation to the investigation of fraud and irregularity.

The council is required to publish the following information annually in relation to the investigation of Fraud and Irregularity. Not all of the information requirements as set out in the Local Government Transparency Code are collected by the council, so where this is the case an explanation is provided:

Measurement Details
Number of occasions powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) has been used. Zero - this is not applicable to the County Council
Total number of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud Responsibility for the investigation of fraud is currently part of the Internal Audit function, and is undertaken on a reactive case by case basis, so the information is not captured as a total number of employees. The time spent by management, legal and other non-internal audit staff on the investigation of fraud is not captured. The total days spent by Internal Audit on the investigation of fraud and irregularity in 2017/18 are 220 days (1 FTE). An agreement is also in place with a local City Council to provide additional investigate resource as required. This time information is not captured. Strong cases for prosecution are all referred to the Police.
Total number of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists Two.
Total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud. This information is not captured.
Total number of fraud cases investigated 1
Total number of cases of irregularity investigated 13
Total number of occasions on which a) fraud and b) irregularity was identified a) 1 b) 13
Total monetary value of a) the fraud and b) the irregularity that was detected a) £167,000 (case still in progress, this is a potential estimate) b) £1,000 N.B The extent of some of the cases have yet to be fully determined, as such these figures have yet to be fully confirmed.
Total monetary value of a) the fraud and b) the irregularity that was recovered a) (Case still in progress)(/br) b) Less than £1,000 (up to 31 March 2018) N.B some cases had not concluded before the start of 2018/19, as such some monies are still in the process of trying to be recovered. Additionally, some of the cases where there initially looked to be irregularities, after investigation were found to be legitimate, as such no recovery was necessary.
Last reviewed
17 May 2018
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