The Audit Commission estimated that the cost of fraud to local government is over £2.1 billion per year.
Each pound lost through fraud, error and corruption reduces our ability as an authority to provide essential public services to our local community.
Fraud has a direct impact on:
- the level of council tax that we set
- money available to spend on our schools
- crucial front line services such as children’s and adult social care
It is therefore vital that we work together to identify all types of fraud affecting our services.
We're committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of all forms of fraud, bribery and corruption. Our Corporate Fraud Team investigates all allegations of fraud committed against Swindon Borough Council, with a view to protecting public money.
We work with all local and national partners including the Police, Local Health Authority, Her Majesty's Revenues and Customs, Housing Associations and the Department for Work and Pensions, and use the results of both national and local data matching exercises.