About fraud

Why do we investigate fraud against the council?

Fraud affects every organisation in the public and private sector and it is estimated that over £52 billion is lost from the UK economy each year due to fraud.

Over £2.1 billion of this loss relates to Local Government and the impacts on councils have far reaching consequences and reduce the amount of money that can be spent on delivering front line services to those who need it most.

Fraud is never a victimless crime and in local government the victims are Council Tax payers and residents who depend on the essential services the council delivers.

There is more information about what we do in our Counter Fraud policy, Counter Fraud strategy and Counter Fraud sanctions policy.

Are there any statistics on the work that Corporate Investigations has done?

Yes - have a look at our Freedom of Information - Corporate Investigations page.