Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally Strategy for 2020
Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally 2020 is the updated counter fraud and corruption strategy for local government. It provides a blueprint for a coordinated response to fraud and corruption perpetrated against local authorities with the support of those at the top. Local authorities continue to face a significant fraud challenge and while the official figures are dated the argument about protecting funds and vulnerable people remains. The National Fraud Authority estimated local authorities face the threat of £2.1bn fraud in a year in 2013. In fact, the Annual Fraud Indicator produced by Crowe Clark Whitehill estimates that figure may be as high as £7.8bn in 2017, out of a total of £40.4bn for the public sector as a whole).. The Government’s Economic Crime Plan states that the numbers of fraud offences rose by 12% during 2018 to 3.6 million – constituting a third of all crimes in the UK.
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Working with local authorities to fight fraud
Cifas is committed to working with local authorities, and helping them in their fight against fraud. As such, we host the Board of the FFCL, and provide resource and infrastructure for the secretariat on a pro bono basis. Follow our LinkedIn Page to see the latest news on the work Cifas are undertaking with Local Authorities.
As credible and respected experts in counter fraud, Cifas works with local authorities and relevant senior stakeholders to provide improved data sharing and access to cross-sector information, enabling them to tackle fraud effectively through our links with national boards such as the Joint Fraud Taskforce (JFT) and the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce (JMLIT).
Cifas also provides the Protecting the Vulnerable service to local authorities, helping them keep safe the personal details of vulnerable people in their care who may be targeted by fraudsters.
Working with Cifas is a recommendation in the FFCL strategy.
2021 - FFCL Conference (Date TBC)
For more information about these events please contact the secretariat.
The Board is made up of senior local authority representatives:
- Charlie Adan – Chair and representing SOLACE and Chief Executives;
- Bevis Ingram – LGA;
- Clive Palfreyman – Finance Director LB Hounslow and the Society of London Treasurers;
- Nicole Wood – Director of Corporate Resources – Essex County Council and County Treasurers;
- Suki Binjal – Director of Law and Monitoring Officer at LB Hackney and Lawyers in Local Government;
- Mike Haley – Chief Executive at Cifas;
- Rachael Tiffen – Director of Local Government Fraud, at Cifas and FFCL secretariat;
- Paul Dossett – Partner at Grant Thornton;
- Simon Bleckly – Audit and Fraud Manager at Salford and Warrington Councils;
- Mark Astley – Head of NAFN;
- Gareth Davies – Partner at Mazars;
- Andy Hyatt – Head of Fraud at Tri-Borough;
- Alison Morris – Policy Lead at MHCLG;
- Trevor Scott – CEO Wealden District Council;
- Mark McAuley – Fraud Hubs Manager – Cipfa.
For further information about FFCL please contact the secretariat.