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.

Download the 2018 summary report

Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s survey. Click here to download the 2018 summary report.

Key results

  • The total estimated value of fraud detected or prevented by local authorities in 2017/18 is £302m, £34m less than last year’s total.
  • The average value per fraud has also reduced from £4,500 in 2016/17 to £3,600 in 2017/18.
  • The number of frauds detected or prevented has risen to 80,000 from the 75,000 cases found in 2016/17.
  • The number of serious or organised crime cases doubled to 56 in 2017/18.
  • The amount lost to business rates fraud increased significantly to £10.4m in 2017/18 from £4.3m in 2016/17.
  • Blue Badge fraud also increased by £3m to an estimated value of £7.3m for cases prevented/detected in 2017/18.
  • For 2017/18, the three greatest areas of perceived fraud risk are procurement, council tax single person discount (SPD) and adult social care.
  • For 2017/18, the four main types of fraud (by volume) that affect local authorities are 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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