Preventing fraud, corruption, bribery and money laundering
The council is committed to detecting and preventing financial wrongdoings such as fraud, corruption, bribery and money laundering.
Anti fraud, corruption and bribery policy
The anti fraud, corruption and bribery policy, and the response plan, set out how the council will deal with anti fraud, corruption and bribery.
You can access the policy and the response plan on this page. Both documents will help you (as a member of the public, a councillor, supplier, or employee) to understand how and when to contact the council with any concerns you may have about fraud, corruption or bribery.
The policy explains:
- what constitutes fraud, corruption or bribery;
- how you can report such activities;
- what to do if someone reports them to you;
- how the council aims to prevent these acts;
- the links with the whistleblowing policy;
- the courses of action the council will take in dealing with fraud, corruption or bribery.
The response plan explains:
- what action you should take when you suspect an act has taken place;
- what to do on receiving a report of an act of fraud, corruption or bribery;
- who to advise on receiving a report;
- how the council will prevent further loss;
- how the council will conduct an investigation into suspected acts;
- what will happen after an investigation;
- how the council will recover any losses;
- what action the council will take in relation to the media.
New obligations were imposed by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 and the money laundering regulations 2003 and 2007. The council’s policy and internal procedures to prevent the use of its services for money laundering include:
- a definition of money laundering;
- details of money laundering offences;
- responsibilities under the policy;
- the procedures for customer and business identification;
- the record keeping procedure;
- how to report suspicions and a report to complete;
- examples of situations most likely to give rise to money laundering or suspicion of it;
- the training of relevant staff in how to recognise and deal with transactions which may be related to money laundering.
Last reviewed: 02 - 06 - 2016