Craven District Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
Anti - fraud and corruption
Craven District Council is determined to protect itself, its employees and the public from fraud and corruption. In order to do this, the Council is committed to establishing a strategy for the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption, and where necessary, for pursuing allegations of fraud and corruption. The Anti - Fraud and Corruption Strategy sets out our overall approach. This is supported by the Whistleblowing Policy and the Anti-Money Laundering Policy.
Anti-fraud and corruption strategy
The strategy: Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy [373kb]
1. provides an understanding of the Council's position on fraud and corruption in relation to the Council's activities, Members, employees and those undertaking the Council's business;
2. provides and encourages Members, employees, those undertaking the Council's business and the public to feel confident in raising serious concerns and the question and act upon concerns about practice; and
3. provides mechanisms for concerns to be raised and dealt with confidentially
The Strategy satisfies the legislative requirements of having effective arrangements for tackling fraud and conforms with professional guidance laid down in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Code of Practice for Internal Audit in Local Government.
The Whistleblowing Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees to raise serious concerns they have about any aspect of service provision or the conduct of officers or Members of the Council, or others acting on behalf of the Council. These can be reported in accordance with the Whistleblowing Policy. Whistleblowing Policy Updated Nov 13 [297kb]
Anti-Money Laundering Policy
The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 into force on 15 December 2007. The regulations require local authorities to establish internal procedures to prevent the use of their services for money laundering. The Anti-Money Laundering Policy applies to officers and Members of the Council. Anti-Money Laundering Policy [322kb]
What a member of the public/outside organisation should do if they suspect fraud or corruption
Make a note immediately of your concerns. Note all relevant details such as what was observed, details of conversations, the date, time and name of parties involved. Do not attempt to investigate the matter yourself.
Write to the Council's Chief Executive at the address below to let him know of your concerns. Mark the envelope PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL - TO BE OPENED BY ADDRESSEE ONLY to:
The Chief Executive, Craven District Council, Council Offices, 1 Belle Vue Square, Skipton, BD23 1PS