Public and personal budgets are feeling the fiscal pinch. Regardless of whether that pinch has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK’s departure from the EU or the reallocation of funding to essential areas of public service delivery, it is critical for councils to effectively protect their finances and maximise the value of every pound spent. It is hard to think of a time when the fiscal landscape has been so volatile.
With the current economic climate presenting further challenges and instances of fraud and corruption for local authorities, tacking the threat of financial crime locally should continue to be a key strategy for local government and councils.
The recent Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally Strategy 2020 was created by local government for local government, and provides ways for local authorities to further develop and enhance their counter fraud and corruption response. The strategy is designed to ensure that local government counter-fraud efforts are comprehensive and effective by focusing on the key changes that will make the most difference.
The Counter Fraud 2021 virtual summit on 23rd February 2021 will provide an opportunity for all fraud, intelligence, audit, financial service, risk, strategy and compliance leaders working across the public sector to share their knowledge and experience. The event will encourage cross-sector collaboration and focus on how recent changes to investigative methods and incorporating technology has enhanced their ability to achieve success.
Counter fraud practitioners have proven time and again that sharing knowledge and best practice is paramount in the collective fight to tackle fraud and corruption and helps us all improve our own efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery. We also have a collective responsibility to mentor and encourage the next generation of local government counter fraud practitioners across the united kingdom, armed with the knowledge and experience of those that have gone before us.
The Fighting Fraud Locally panel discussion will be a perfect opportunity to discuss these ideas in greater detail with a panel of experts. Tune in here on 23rd February to join the debate.
Marc McAuley, Head of Counter Fraud Operations, CIPFA
Marc is the Counter Fraud lead for The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and is CIPFA’s representative on the Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally Board, the UK government’s Cross Sector Advisory Group and the CCAB’s Economic Crime Panel. He has been an accredited counter fraud specialist since 1998 with over 24 years’ experience of counter fraud work in the public sector. Prior to joining CIPFA in 2017, Marc was Counter Fraud Group Manager at Waltham Forest Council. Passionate about making a significant impact in the fight against fraud, Marc helps his customers develop and implement strategies to tackle fraud – in terms of both prevention and recovery.