New charter to tackle fraud


Posted on Monday 11th April 2022

Blackpool Council is set to take tough action against residents and businesses who commit fraud against the authority.

A new Fraud and Error charter has been agreed by Blackpool’s Audit Committee which outlines the Council’s zero tolerance approach when dealing with fraud, error, bribery or corruption.

There is an expectation that all individuals, businesses and organisations dealing with the Council will act with integrity, and that Council employees at all levels will lead by example to prevent and detect fraud.

In 2020/21 the Council successfully identified £386,293 in fraud and error. Where fraud and error is identified the Council will seek to recover the money and has access to a range of criminal and civil sanctions. The council uses its own systems along with information from the National Fraud Initiative to identify fraud and error and take appropriate action. 

Cllr Paul Galley, Chair of Audit Committee, said: “As a Council we take a zero-tolerance approach to fraud. Every penny that is fraudulently taken from the council is a penny taken off the council tax payers of Blackpool.

“The new charter lays down how we expect anyone dealing with the council to behave and the implications of acting in a dishonest way.

“The same rules go for our staff and we encourage them to report any suspicious behaviour into our fraud team to investigate.

“We know that innocent errors can occur and when these are investigated we take sensible approach to enforcement action. However those individuals and businesses that deliberately defraud the Council will be dealt with the strongest sanctions.

“I ask residents to do the right thing if they suspect someone is committing fraud- report it in to us. We will take all referrals seriously and ensure they are properly investigated.”

Fraud can reported online or by emailing corporate.fraud@blackpool.gov.uk

 


Posted on Monday 11th April 2022

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