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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.

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The LGA worked with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) to capture the learning from the 60 successful bids from 52 lead authorities in terms of both how the fund was developed and managed at the local level together with the links with other relevant agencies (including MHCLG); the impact of the programme to date; and any lessons and insights that could be gained from participating councils that could feed into future activity in this area.

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, sponsored by the Home Office.