East Devon District Council

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Policy Anti-fraud, theft and corruption policy

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2. Our commitments

The council is against fraud, theft and corruption whether it is attempted on or from within the council, and is committed to this anti-fraud, theft and corruption policy which is designed to:

  • encourage prevention
  • promote detection, and
  • identify a clear approach for investigation

The strategy, however, will not compromise our equality and diversity policy or any obligations as an employer under the code of conduct for local government employees.

Our anti-fraud, theft and corruption policy is based on a series of comprehensive and inter-related procedures designed to frustrate any attempted fraudulent or corrupt act. These cover:

  • culture
  • prevention
  • detection and Investigation
  • deterrence
  • response
  • training
  • whistleblowing
  • bribery

There is also a high degree of external scrutiny of council business by a variety of bodies, including:

  • Local Government Ombudsman
  • Audit Commission
  • Central Government Departments and Parliamentary Committees
  • Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC)
  • Inland Revenue
  • Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • The Surveillance Commissioner
  • The Information Commissioner

These bodies are important in highlighting any areas where improvements can be made. In addition, the external auditor’s statutory duties include ensuring that the council has in place adequate arrangements for the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption. We are fully committed to implementing changes to working practices that any of these bodies identify as necessary to improve our controls.