CIPFA has welcomed a report from the Audit Commission which provides evidence that local government bodies are targeting fraud more efficiently and effectively.
However, in its report Protecting the Public Purse 2012, the Audit Commission says that the levels of fraud detected show that there are still further opportunities to prevent fraud and protect public money.
The report covers a range of fraud risks and local government should be encouraged to review their existing arrangements for tackling fraud and explore opportunities for savings.
Diana Melville, lead advisor of the CIPFA Better Governance Forum, commented,
“CIPFA has long supported the development of a corporate counter fraud capability so we wholeheartedly endorse the Audit Commission’s recommendation.”
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Notes to Editors:
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.