What is the Authority’s approach to preventing fraud?
The Authority has a robust approach to preventing and detecting fraud.
We operate a zero tolerance policy on any fraud or corruption detected and undertake annual fraud risk assessments in conjunction with our auditors. We have a low level of detected fraud and all staff have access to the anti-fraud measures in place, which include a whistle blowing policy should anyone suspect that incorrect behaviour is happening. We also have access to specialist anti-fraud advice via Kent County Council. Most of the time spent by officers on fraud issues arises from investigations undertaken under the Authority’s discipline regulations. However, we do not record the time spent on activities like this, as to do so would add bureaucracy which serves little purpose, considering the amount of detected fraud we have. As a result we do not employ a dedicated officer purely for the purpose of investigating fraud and have no plans to in the future.
Our internal audit team regularly scrutinises our arrangements and advises on any improvements needed as well as providing access to an anti-fraud specialist.