City Council hosts first Fraud Open Day

Published: Friday, 30th September 2016

Delegates from organisations aiming to eliminate corporate fraud in the public sector gathered at Oxford Town Hall on 28 September for the first Fraud Open Day conference. The event aimed to promote partnership working and share best practice in the prevention and detection of fraud.

The event attracted 100 delegates from organisations that included county, district and borough councils, social housing providers and charities. They heard speeches from Oxford City Council Chief Executive Peter Sloman, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council Cllr Ed Turner, Head of Legal at Viridian Housing Katrina Robinson, Oxford City Council’s Head of Finance Nigel Kennedy and Oxford City Council’s Investigations Manager Scott Warner.

Hosted by the City Council in conjunction with software solutions provider, Intec for Business, Fraud Open Day included breakout sessions and workshops that gave attendees the chance to explore innovative fraud prevention ideas.

Councillor Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Board Member for Finance, Asset Management and Public Health, said: “Oxford City Council’s Investigation Service is second-to-none when it comes to uncovering fraudulent activity. The fact that its services are used, not only by the City Council, but other organisations including Thames Valley Police is testament to the team’s successful track record. It is vital that local authorities tackle fraud: it stops resources going to where they are most needed and we have recovered millions of pounds by our proactive approach."

“I want to thank all those who attended the event yesterday and made it such a success.”

Mark Grimley, Assistant Director of INTEC for Business Ltd, added: “We have worked very closely with Oxford City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team since 2015, so we were more than happy to be the main sponsor for their inaugural Fraud Day. The team has always been innovative in the way they proactively combat fraud to protect the public purse and this is just the latest example of how they share best practice and encourage others to do the same. It was a very productive day and all delegates had nothing but positive feedback from event"