To consider the attached report of the Head of Internal Audit
The Head of Internal Audit provided the Committee with a report summarising the outcome of proactive and reactive anti-fraud and investigation work during 2019/2020. The main focus was the work that was delivered by Internal Audit, which included the Council’s Counter Fraud Team. The report outlined future areas of emerging fraud risk and the Council’s strategic and operational arrangements for managing these risks. The report also highlighted a number of key issues arising and outcomes achieved through the year ending March 2020. The Committee was reminded that the Council was required to ensure that public money was safeguarded and not lost due to fraud. It was considered important that in current times the Council’s resources were best directed to those in the Borough who genuinely need the support. The Committee was further informed of a number of issues and safeguards, which had been put in place to direct the anti-fraud work, in particular;
· Anti-Fraud Report - "Protecting the English Public Purse"
· Annual Fraud and Corruption Survey
· CIPFA Managing the Risk of Fraud
· Fighting Fraud Locally
That the report be noted and welcomed.