The Transparency Code 2015 requires authorities to be transparent regarding fraud including: the number of frauds, the number of internal counter fraud specialists, the expenditure on investigations and the number of frauds investigated.
The authority has a zero tolerance policy regarding fraud and corruption, the procedures and processes regarding fraud are set out within the Anti-fraud framework which includes the: Anti-fraud and corruption service order, Anti-fraud and corruption plan, Fraud response plan, Anti-bribery and anti-money laundering.
For reporting purposes the authority only reports on those fraud cases that have exceeded £5,000 in value and does not record the time spent on fraud related activities below this level as to do this would add increased bureaucracy to the process which has little purpose considering the current level of detected and suspected fraud. As a result of this the authority does not employ a dedicated officer for fraud investigations and instead purchases specialist anti-fraud advice through Kent County Council who have a dedicated anti-fraud team. In addition to this Internal audit regularly scrutinise the authority’s fraud arrangements and where necessary advise on areas for improvement.
The authority has not used the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Regulations 2014 power or any similar powers.
- Detected frauds during 2018/19 - 0
- Number of frauds that exceeded £5,000 - 0
As the authority was not subject to any frauds exceeding £5,000 in value there were no fraud investigations within the 2018/19 financial year.