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Reporting Suspected Fraud

We are committed to tackling fraud and corruption and to ensuring that public funds are protected.

This work is supported by a number of policies:

Anti Fraud and Corruption Policy (PDF Document, 0.38 Mb)

Confidential reporting (whistleblowing) policy (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)

Anti Money Laundering Policy (PDF Document, 0.27 Mb)

Reporting Suspected Fraud

Benefit Fraud

Benefit fraud is now investigated by the Single Fraud Investigation Service [SFIS] based at the Department for Work & Pensions [DWP].

You can report suspected Benefit Fraud in 3 ways:

Online Benefit Fraud Reporting Form

By Phone: 0800 854 440

By Post: NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston, PR1 1GP

Any other types of fraud

Types of suspected fraud that you may want to report directly to the Council include:

  • Housing Tenancy Fraud
  • Right To Buy Fraud
  • Employee Fraud
  • Supplier Fraud
  • Insurance Claims Fraud
  • Expenses Fraud

Email or call 01530 454 728 if you wish to report any concerns.

National Fraud Initiative (NFI)

The council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

National Fraud Initiative (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)

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