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Counter fraud and corruption


This page explains fraud and corruption and what we do to protect ourselves, our employees, partners and the public from it.

 

What is Fraud

The Fraud Act 2006 describes fraud as the intention to make gain or cause loss under three main headings:

  • fraud by false representation
  • fraud by failing to disclose information
  • fraud by abuse of position

There are further subheadings of fraud described including possession of articles for use in fraud, making or supplying articles for use in frauds, participating in fraudulent business and or obtaining services dishonestly.

What is corruption & bribery

Corruption is defined as the offering, giving, soliciting or acceptance of an inducement or reward, or showing any favour or disfavour which may influence any person to act improperly.

Bribery is defined in the Bribery Act 2010 "as giving someone a financial or other advantage to encourage that person to perform their functions or activities improperly or to reward a person for having already done so, in order to gain personal, commercial, regulatory or contractual advantage".  It is the most common form of corruption.

Fraud and corruption drain our time and money from those who really need our support.

Protecting against fraud

We take fraud and corruption very seriously and are committed to preventing and detecting fraud and corruption. We aim to develop a culture of zero tolerance against fraud and corruption.

We have a Corporate Fraud Team and all instances of potential fraud or corruption that are reported to us will be investigated rigorously and promptly, and appropriate action will be taken. We encourage anyone concerned about fraud or corruption concerning the council, its partners or wholly-owned companies, to report it using the contact usdetails.

For details of our approach, download the following documents:

You can find further details about benefit fraud and how to report it by looking at our Report housing benefit fraud page.

As part of our commitment to being open and transparent with residents we have also published below information about our counter fraud work including the number of council staff undertaking investigations, amounts spent by us, the number of cases investigated and the value recovered. The information is available in two formats, Adobe Acrobat and comma separated variable (CSV) files.

Related guidance

You may be interested in watching the YouTube videos, produced by Action Fraud, that highlight some of the methods used by fraudsters to obtain personal details of unsuspecting individuals for fraudulent purposes. 

Be on your guard. As the old saying goes: 'If it is too good to be true, it probably is!'

Contact us
Corporate Fraud
03000 266 745
Our address is:
  • Corporate Fraud Team
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall (Room G90)
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL

Internal Audit
03000 269 645
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Room G90
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5PT
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