Whistleblowing - Fraud

Whistleblowing

Like any big organisation, workplace fraud, theft or corruption could be happening in our Council. As a local authority, we must work with integrity, honesty and be accountable to the people we serve.

We demand high standards of conduct from our employees and everyone we work with. We are committed to making sure public money goes towards delivering the best possible services for our district.

Anyone with information relating to a concern that could threaten customers, employees or the Council's reputation should report their information immediately.

What is Whistleblowing?

Specific examples of issues covered by South Staffordshire Council's Whistleblowing Policy include -

  • Any unlawful act
  • Unauthorised use of public funds
  • Inappropriate conduct e.g. bullying
  • Offering, taking or soliciting bribes
  • Fraud or corruption of any description
  • Damage to the environment
  • Health and Safety issues
  • Misreporting

Reporting your concerns

All reported concerns will be fully investigated by one of the Council's specialist teams.

When reporting an issue please provide as much information as possible as this will help us to conduct a thorough and timely investigation. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence. You may remain anonymous when reporting an issue but the potential for a successful outcome is significantly increased if we are able to contact you to clarify details and ask supplementary questions.

Depending on the nature of the allegation we may -

  • Investigate the issue ourselves
  • Involve the police
  • Send the report to an external auditor to initiate an independent enquiry.

How to make a report

The Internal Audit and Counter Fraud Team can be reached on Direct Dial

01902 696619 01902 696651

01902 696635 01902 696605

Hotline (24hrs) 01902 696649

e-mail Investigations@sstaffs.gov.uk

Write to or visit South Staffordshire Council Offices, Wolverhampton Rd, Codsall, WV8 1PX.

Where possible we will always aim to protect your identity.

The Do's and Don'ts if you suspect fraud, theft or corruption.

Do report your suspicions to us

Do write down your concerns, including dates, times, witnesses.

Do keep evidence that may otherwise be destroyed.

Don't confront anyone you have suspicions about

Don't try to investigate or contact the police without raising your concerns with the Investigation Team first. Failure to follow appropriate investigative procedures may result in valuable evidence becoming unusable in criminal proceedings.

Don't be afraid of raising your suspicions. What action is taken when fraud is identified? The Council takes seriously any allegation that indicates that a fraud may be taking place. An investigation will be conducted to establish the facts and to gather any available evidence. If fraud is detected appropriate civil, criminal or disciplinary action is taken. Action is also taken to recover any losses from the fraudster. The systems that allowed the fraud to take place are reviewed and controls improve to reduce the risk that the same fraud will occur again.

What action is taken when fraud is identified?

The Council takes seriously any allegation that indicates that a fraud may be taking place. An investigation will be conducted to establish the facts and to gather any available evidence. If fraud is detected appropriate civil, criminal or disciplinary action is taken. Action is also taken to recover any losses from the fraudster. The systems that allowed the fraud to take place are reviewed and controls improve to reduce the risk that the same fraud will occur again.

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Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

South Staffordshire

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