Counter Fraud Strategy
Wrexham County Borough Council recognises that as well as causing financial loss, fraud and corruption also detrimentally impact service provision and morale, and undermines confidence in the Council and public bodies generally.
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 has a ‘Tough on Fraud’ policy 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.
Although there is little evidence that Fraud is currently a major issue for the Council, the risk of fraud is certainly increasing in the public sector as a whole. This is due to more sophisticated methods of fraud but also because of different ways of delivering services. We therefore continue to regularly assess how vulnerable we are to fraud and to make changes to our counter fraud arrangements accordingly. The Counter Fraud Strategy sets out what the Council will do to maintain its ‘Tough-on-Fraud’ commitment.
Whenever the Council identifies instances of fraud, bribery or corruption against it, it will always take legal and / or disciplinary action against the perpetrator and seek recovery and redress.
Counter Fraud Policy Statement
- Wrexham County Borough Council (the Council) acknowledges its responsibility for countering fraud and corruption.
- The Council is committed to being ‘Tough on Fraud’. This applies to all forms of fraud, bribery and corruption from both internal and external sources.
- The Council is committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity and to implementing and enforcing effective systems to counter fraud, bribery and corruption.
- The Council expects the highest standards of propriety and ethics in the delivery of its services and in the management of its resources and assets, and will carry out its business fairly, honestly and openly at all times.
- The Council will prevent fraud, theft, corruption and bribery by designing and formulating proportionate policies and systems to minimise the risk.
- The Council promotes the detection and investigation of fraud, theft, corruption and bribery including the application of robust, effective sanctions and recovery procedures, applying these in parallel if necessary.
- The Council is committed to maintaining anti-bribery compliance as ‘business as usual’. Accordingly, the Council does 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,
- Engage indirectly in or otherwise encourage bribery.