New online tool launched to help manage public sector fraud risk


The CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre’s Fraud Risk Wheel, launched earlier this week, is an interactive, web-based tool designed to help public sector organisations manage their fraud risk process more effectively. 

The new tool offers detailed guidance on different fraud risks. The guidance includes how the different risks arise, the steps or controls that can be put in place to mitigate them and case studies to illustrate how similar organisations have dealt with the issues.  The fraud risks currently featured in the Fraud Risk Wheel are:

  • expenses fraud
  • procurement fraud
  • gifts and hospitality fraud
  • pensions fraud.

In addition to supporting local authorities as they conduct their fraud risk assessments, the new online tool also helps public sector organisations to create their fraud risk mitigation plan, understand and present fraud risks to the senior management team, train staff on identifying fraudulent activity and review fraud risks in response to major changes.

Rachael Tiffen, Head of the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, added:

“Identifying and assessing fraud risks is the first step. Public sector organisations must also evaluate factors and behaviours that create the fraud risks and develop clear mitigation plans. We will be adding more fraud risks to the Wheel later this year, with the first four identified as common areas where the risk of fraud is high.”

The launch of the new tool coincides with the start of ‘assessment season’ for local authorities as they begin to prepare their annual governance statements. Local authorities are required to include an evaluation of the adequacy of their counter fraud arrangements.  They also have a responsibility to embed effective standards for countering fraud and corruption in their organisations. 

Not limited to local authorities, the Fraud Risk Wheel is suited to counter fraud practitioners, plus governance, risk and audit managers from across the public services who want to strengthen their organisation’s fraud risk process.  It presents detailed guidance in a visually appealing ‘wheel’ format – users click on different segments of the wheel to drill down to detailed information. 

The Fraud Risk Wheel, including the first four risk types, costs £495 +VAT.  Counter Fraud Centre subscribers receive a 10% discount. To claim the discount, contact E: and for further information visit the Counter Fraud Centre website.

The new Fraud Risk Wheel adds to the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre’s portfolio of products and services for local authorities including the Counter Fraud Code of Practice and Assessment Tool.  For further information and advice local authorities should contact the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre on T: 020 7543 5600 or at E: