According to a recent report, most fraud in public sector organisations is detected through tip-offs.
We all have a duty to protect the public purse and Oxford City Council has its own award-winning counter-fraud service, tackling all aspects of fraud and financial irregularity in local government. Not just operating in the city, the team has a track record of providing counter-fraud services to other public sector organisations including Warwick District Council, Cherwell District Council, South Northamptonshire Council, and Oxfordshire County Council where they have investigated Blue Badge misuse, Single Person Discount entitlement and pension fraud among other things.
The team has been working with the County Council on an ad hoc basis since 2016, but from October, they took on responsibility for delivering a broader range of services on a consistent basis. The team will be investigating allegations of theft, procurement fraud and other potentially fraudulent activities in connection with services under the control of the County Council.
Councillor Ed Turner, City Council Deputy Leader and Board Member for Finance and Asset Management said: "The City Council's Fraud Investigation Team have a proven track record in uncovering fraudulent activity not only in Oxford, but also in the other districts and for other authorities.
"Their success is in no small part testament to the Council's commitment to combating public sector fraud in all its aspects. We are now looking forward to working even more closely with our County Council colleagues to uncover fraud and protect public funds so they can be used for those who need and are entitled to them."
For more fraud awareness visit the International Fraud Awareness Week website.