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Public services fraud costs the UK taxpayer an estimated £21 billion a year. This growing cost and the seriousness of global fraud is why the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre announced that it will be participating in International Fraud Awareness Week: 15-21 November 2015, as an official supporter to promote anti-fraud awareness and education.
The movement, known commonly as Fraud Week, champions the need to proactively fight fraud and help safeguard business and investments from the growing fraud problem. The CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre joins hundreds of organisations for the yearly Fraud Week campaign.
During the week, the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre will launch its third new counter-fraud product for 2015. The Anti-bribery and Corruption e-Learning Package is for those who require a working knowledge of bribery and corruption risks and the requirements of the UK Bribery Act 2010 as part of their job role, and for those responsible for staff training. The e-Learning Package is designed to boost public sector defences. Introduced in response to the UK Government’s Anti-Corruption Plan, the Package aims to equip public sector organisations with the skills and knowledge required to effectively block and prevent bribery and corruption at work.
The Centre will also be raising awareness of Fraud Week in its newsletters, a targeted email campaign, and posting fresh content at www.cipfa.org/counterfraudcentre. There will also be fraud awareness training for employees on anti-bribery.
Rachael Tiffen, Head of the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, said; “We’re pleased to be backing International Fraud Awareness Week. In the UK, fraud costs the public sector a staggering £21 billion. It’s a serious issue and one that should not be swept under the carpet. This week we will be launching a new education e-learning package, plus raising awareness amongst our community and employees about anti-bribery.”
For more information about increasing awareness and reducing the risk of fraud during International Fraud Awareness Week, visit FraudWeek.com.
CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre offers experience, insight, advice and practical services to help tackle fraud and corruption across the public services. Established in July 2014, it is the UK’s centre of excellence for counter fraud and aims to help public service organisations save money by increasing their ability to prevent, detect and recover losses from fraud.
The Centre blends tools, training and practical advice with independent consultancy to ensure that the public sector is more than just ‘fraud savvy’. Educating public sector organisations and then equipping them to deal with fraud and corruption is a primary objective for the Centre.