Counter Fraud policy documents
- Council and democracy
The Corporate Anti-Fraud Team's (CAFT) role is to assist the council in protecting the public purse through the facilitation of sound strategies, procedures and controls in the prevention, detection, investigation, deterrence and sanction of fraud, corruption and bribery.
CAFT operate under a set of policy documents called the Counter Fraud Framework as well as comprehensive internal investigation procedures and processes which adhere to relevant governing investigation legislation and best practice. The investigation staff in CAFT are professionally qualified fraud Investigators and/or financial investigators who operate to the highest standards of conduct and probity.
CAFT aim to nurture a strong anti-fraud, bribery and corruption culture within the Council, which is key to ensuring the prevention and detection of related offences. CAFT will develop and deliver Fraud Awareness Training throughout the Council to ensure this culture becomes engrained in the minds of all staff.
It is our policy to commit to a programme of zero tolerance and appropriately investigate all allegations of fraud and associated criminal activity that are reported to us. We will ensure all cases are appropriately sanctioned and this means that you could be prosecuted if you commit fraud and additionally we will always take steps to recover any losses incurred
The council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and may use the information you have provided to the council for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. More information about about how we use information can be found on our data protection pages.
- Counter Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy Statement - 2018 (PDF)
- Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) Policy Statement 2016 (PDF)
- Whistleblowing Policy Statement 2018 (PDF)
Independent review of financial controls
The council commissioned Grant Thornton to carry out an independent review of financial controls, following the identification of a significant fraud committed by a former member of Re staff. More information can be found on the Financial Control pages.