Highest value of fraud detected by Councils since Audit Commission turned the spotlight on 25 years

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Fraud valued at £188 million was detected by England’s councils in 2013/14, a ten-fold increase since 1990. The figure beats all records for the past 25 years, the Audit Commission revealed in its latest report on fraud in local government.

Protecting the Public Purse 2014: Fighting Fraud Against Local Government, the final one being issued before the Commission closes at the end of March 2015, looks at the landscape of fraud against councils and how this has changed since 1990, when the Audit Commission first turned the spotlight on to local government fraud with its ‘Protecting the Public Purse’ reports.

Jeremy Newman, Chairman of the Audit Commission, comments: ‘Protecting the Public Purse’ has helped local government foster greater transparency and accountability around its response to fraud. In the early days, it created a common language with which to report fraud. By allowing councils to make peer comparisons, the ...

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