Counter Fraud Strategy
Wrexham County Borough Council recognises that as well as causing financial loss, fraud is also detrimental to the provision of services, and damaging to the reputation of, and confidence in, the Council and public bodies in general.
The Council has reviewed its existing counter fraud arrangements to ensure that it continues to be effective in detecting and tackling all types of fraud including benefit fraud including bribery and benefit fraud.
Fraud is a serious matter that affects us all because at the end of the day it is money that is being illegally taken away from other services. The council operates a zero-tolerance policy against fraud and will not permit it to be tolerated or perpetuated. That is why we continue to put measures in place to help stamp it out.
Where fraud does occur then the Council will take immediate action to recover any losses and to prevent the fraud happening again. Criminal prosecutions will be considered where appropriate in consultation with the North Wales Police.
We would encourage anyone who suspects fraud to contact the Council and offer a variety of ways in which this can be done confidentially.
As well as an online fraud reporting form, the Council offers a confidential hotline on 01978 292728 to which information can be passed 24 hours a day. Callers can also visit the Council offices at Lambpit Street and speak to someone confidentially.
The Council is opposed to all types of fraud and we appreciate the public’s ongoing support for our counter-fraud activities.
Counter Fraud Policy Statement
- In the context of this document, the Council recognises that the term counter fraud also includes the separate offences of theft, corruption and bribery.
- The Council expects the highest standards of propriety and ethics in the delivery of its services and the management of its resources and assets.
- The Council will carry out its business fairly, honestly and openly at all times.
- The Council does not and will not tolerate any form of fraud, corruption or bribery when undertaking any of its responsibilities, including Housing / Council Tax Benefit fraud.
- The Council will prevent fraud, corruption and bribery by designing and formulating proportionate policies and systems to minimise risk.
- The Council will continue to promote the detection and investigation of fraud, corruption and bribery including the application of robust, effective sanctions and recovery procedures where it is identified.
Counter Bribery Statement
- The Council recognises that bribery is a criminal offence. We do not, and will not, pay bribes or offer improper inducements to anyone for any purpose, nor do we or will we, accept bribes or improper inducements. To use a third party as a conduit to channel bribes to others is a criminal offence.
- We do not, and will not, engage indirectly in or otherwise encourage bribery. We are committed to the prevention, deterrence and detection of bribery. We have zero tolerance towards bribery. We aim to maintain anti-bribery compliance “business as usual”, rather than as a one-off exercise.