Decision details

Audit Committee Update: Fraud

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To request Council to approve an update of the Council's Counter Fraud Strategy and to approve a new Anti-tax Evasion Policy.


Councillor Stephen Coleman, Chairman of the Audit Committee introduced the report.  The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) informed Members that, as part of the Audit Committee review of the Council’s arrangements preventing fraud, bribery and corruption which had been considered by that Committee on 8 December 2021, it was necessary to update the Counter Fraud Strategy.  It was also recommended that the Council introduced an Anti-Tax Evasion Policy. These policies strengthened the Council’s arrangements to prevent fraud, bribery and corruption.


Councillor Coleman having moved the recommendations contained within the report was seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, Finance and Assets Portfolio Holder.


It was unanimously


RESOLVED – That the following be approved:-


(1)        the Counter Fraud Strategy 2021-2024 attached as Appendix 2 to the report; and


(2)        the Anti-Tax Evasion Policy, Procedures and Reporting Arrangements attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

Report author: Helen Smith

Publication date: 11/02/2022

Date of decision: 14/12/2021

Decided at meeting: 14/12/2021 - Council

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