Acknowledging and mitigating the risk of fraud and corruption is critical to sound financial management and ensuring that every pound spent by local councils supports the communities we serve. Activities to reduce vulnerability to the risks of fraud and corruption are critical to reduce incidences in our supply chains. The LGA’s dedicated Counter fraud hub houses all the latest reports, guidance, case studies and templates to help support and assist your council in the fight against local government fraud and corruption.
Review into the risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement
The Ministry of Housing and Local Communities (MHCLG) has published its review into the risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement in England. This report details the findings of a review into procurement fraud and corruption risks in local government procurement and includes case studies highlighting where fraud and corruption incidents have taken place and also includes best practice examples for mitigating these risks. The case studies and good practice examples were provided by local authorities from their own experience. The report concludes with suggested activities to improve the response to fraud and corruption risks for local government.
COVID-19: protecting the local government sector supply chain from fraud
In times of emergency there is a need to respond quickly but to also ensure continued vigilance against the risks of fraud, bribery and corruption. This joint LGA/CIPFA guidance acts as a reminder of the continuing risks to supply chains posed by fraud and corruption, many of which are exacerbated by emergency circumstances.
Outcomes from the Counter Fraud Fund
This report sets out the outcomes from the Counter Fraud Fund (CFF), established by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), for which councils were able to bid in the autumn of 2014. The purpose of the fund was to support councils during the implementation of the Single Fraud Investigation Service (SFIS) as well as to increase the capacity and capability of local government to tackle losses from non-benefit fraud.
This report brings together the conclusions from the analysis provided by the CIPFA survey and provides an overview of activity, highlighting themes that run within or across projects as a whole, an indication of the extent of the savings accruing from activity made possible through the counter fraud fund and losses/costs avoided or recovered, together with some case studies. It also summarises the key findings from four projects looking specifically at the potential threat from serious and organised crime to publicly procured services in local government, sponsoredby the Home Office.
Counter fraud hub – case studies
Some key lessons for the future have been distilled as stand-alone case studies – find out how this work may be replicated locally, drawing on the experience of councils that have benefited from the Counter Fraud Fund to date.
Counter fraud hub – resources
To accompany the release of the Outcomes of the Fighting Fraud Fund Report the LGA committed to host a resources section within the counter fraud hub.