East Devon District Council

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Policy Anti-fraud, theft and corruption policy

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11. Fraud response plan

The key documents that contain the procedures to be followed in the event of fraud are the:

  • fraud investigation process 
  • code of conduct for staff 
  • disciplinary policy

The welcome process for new employees will explain this, and related policies and procedures. Council staff are positively encouraged to raise any concerns about fraud, theft and corruption that they may have on these issues where they are associated with the council’s activities. Concerns must be raised when councillors or employees reasonably believe that one or more of the following has occurred, is in the process of occurring, or is likely to occur:

  • a criminal offence
  • a failure to comply with a statutory or legal obligation
  • improper unauthorised use of public or other funds
  • a miscarriage of justice
  • maladministration, misconduct or malpractice
  • endangering of an individual’s health and safety
  • damage to the environment
  • a deliberate concealment of any of the above

They can do this in the knowledge that such concerns will be treated in confidence and properly investigated.