Oxford City Council’s Investigation Service, winners of the Excellence in Corporate Fraud Award at the Institute of Revenues, Ratings and Valuation's (IRRV) 2016 Performance Awards, have hit the top spot again in 2017.
The team were finalists in three categories in this year's awards; Excellence in Counter Fraud, Excellence in Innovation and Most Improved Team of the Year. They went one better in one of the categories though, bringing the Excellence in Innovation award back to Oxford.
The awards ceremony took place on 4 October, at the the IRRV's 20th annual event, which aims to highlight the top performers in the profession and recognises their efforts in service provision, improvement and innovation.
The award follows on from last month's well-attended anti-fraud open day, a unique annual event, hosted by the City Council's Investigation Service, which brings together counter fraud professionals from across the country.
Cllr Ed Turner, Oxford City Council's Board member for Finance and Asset Management, said: "The City Council is committed to countering fraud in all its aspects and our decision to fund a dedicated, experienced and professional investigation service continues to reap rewards. Not only have their efforts been consistently recognised by their peers, but they continue to prove their worth by saving the Council £5.1 million in 2016/17, recovering 21 social housing properties that were in the hands of non-authorised occupants and sifting out 33 fraudulent right-to-buy applications."
The multi-award winning service has worked with external partners since 2014, providing counter fraud services and data matching expertise for other councils and public bodies. This award enhances the already high reputation of the service and will provide assurance to existing and future clients about its effectiveness.