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CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker

A truly national overview of all fraud, bribery and corruption activity across local authorities.

The CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker (CFaCT) survey gives a national picture of fraud, bribery and corruption across UK local authorities 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.

CFaCT 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.

The 2020 survey has now closed

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this year's survey - we are now collating and analysing the responses and will publish the national report in early 2021. 

2019's key results

  • The total estimated value of fraud detected or prevented by local authorities in 2018/19 is approximately £253m.
  • The average value per fraud remains at £3,600 in 2018/19.
  • The number of frauds detected or prevented has decreased to 71,000 from the 80,000 cases found in 2017/18.
  • Council tax fraud represents 78% of the identified instances of fraud with an estimated value of £30.6m.
  • The estimated volume and value of insurance fraud cases in the UK more than doubled in 2018/19 compared to the previous year.
  • The estimated average value per case of Blue Badge fraud has increased from £499 to £657 in 2018/19.
  • For 2018/19, the three greatest areas of perceived fraud risk continue to be procurement, council tax single person discount (SPD) and adult social care.
  • For 2018/19, the four main types of fraud (by volume) that affect local authorities continue to be council tax, housing, Blue Badge fraud and business rates.

One of your subscription benefits

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

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