CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker

A truly national overview of all fraud, bribery and corruption activity throughout the UK public sector.

The CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker (CFaCT) gives a national picture of fraud, bribery and corruption in the UK’s public sector and the actions being taken to prevent it. It aims to:

  • help organisations understand where fraud losses could be occurring
  • provide a guide to the value of detected and prevented fraud loss
  • help senior leaders understand the value of anti-fraud activity
  • assist operational staff to develop pro-active anti-fraud plans.

The CFaCT survey builds on the former Annual Fraud and Corruption Survey delivered by the Audit Commission and has been expanded to include questions commissioned by the Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally Board and the Home Office.

2017 Summary Report 

The results of the third annual CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker (CFaCT) survey can be downloaded here.

Thank you very much to everyone who took part. 

This year's report focuses on the local government sector and we received a spread of results from across all regions and local authorities. This has enabled us to estimate the total figures for fraud across English, Welsh and Scottish local authorities. 

Key findings

  • An estimated 75,000 frauds have been detected or prevented across local authorities in 2016/17 with a total value of £336.2m.
  • The number of fraud cases investigated or prevented dropped in 2017.
  • But the average value per fraud increased from £3,400 to £4,500.
  • Procurement, adult social care and council tax single person discount are perceived as the three greatest fraud risk areas.
  • Adult social care fraud has shown the largest growth in the past year, with an estimated £5.6m investigated compared with £3.0m in 2016.
  • The highest number of investigations related to council tax fraud (76%) with a value of £25.5m.
  • The highest value area of fraud is housing with an estimated total of £263.4m.
  • 38% of organisations who responded have a dedicated counter fraud service.

One of your subscription benefits

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre and participated in the 2017 survey, you will receive a bespoke report examining how your counter fraud activities and performance compares to your peers, in the coming weeks.

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