Fraud against the Council

International fraud awareness week

International Fraud Awareness week is from Sunday 11 November to Saturday 17 November 2018.

During this week the Corporate Fraud Team will be raising the awareness of fraud, and how you can play a part to help stamp out fraud against North and East Ayrshire Councils.

Look out for our messages, tweets and facebook posts, or take the opportunity to visit one of our public information stands. The team will be out and about across North and East Ayrshire in a bid to make members of the local community aware of the remit of the team, to give advice on fraud related issues and to advise how to report suspected fraudulent or corrupt activity.

If you fancy a chat with a member of the team you will find us at the following locations:

Public information stands

Date Time Where
Monday 12 November  9.30am to 12.30pm Burns Mall Shopping Centre, Kilmarnock
Tuesday 13 November  9.30am to 12.30pm Irvine Library, Irvine
Wednesday 13 November  9.30am to 12.30pm Saltcoats Town Hall, Saltcoats
Wednesday 13 November 1.30pm to 4pm Hurlford Community Centre, Hurlford
Thursday 15 November 2pm to 4pm Kilbirnie Library, Kilbirnie
Friday 16 November 9.30am to 12pm Stewarton Area Centre, Stewarton

Why not take a look at the official website for International Fraud Awareness Week

To find out more about fraud against the Council, contact the Corporate Fraud Team. 

Fraud against the Council

Fraud in the public sector costs the taxpayers billions of pounds each year. Losses on this scale impact on the provision of public services. 

East Ayrshire Council has a zero-tolerance approach to fraudulent or corrupt activity. We aim to prevent fraud wherever possible. Where detected we will investigate, whether perpetrated by employees, elected members, partner organisations, suppliers or service users.

Types of fraud

Fraud, or corrupt activity, may include:

  • Employee fraud  – theft, embezzlement, bribery
  • Procurement and contract fraud – influencing the tender process, false/duplicate invoicing
  • Blue badge fraud – fraudulent obtaining or misuse
  • Council tax fraud – giving false information to get discounts or exemptions, not reporting a change in circumstances
  • Business rate fraud – giving false information to get relief, or falsely declaring a property to be empty
  • Tenancy fraud – giving false information to get housing, unlawful sub-letting, abandonment
  • Insurance fraud – claiming for a non-existent incident or by inflating the cost of damages
  • Scottish Welfare Fund – giving false information to obtain funds

Corporate fraud team

East Ayrshire Council and North Ayrshire Council have joined forces to stamp out fraud. The Corporate Fraud Team is a specialist investigative unit to prevent and detect frauds, or attempted frauds, against the Council. The team, based in Irvine, carries out investigations and with East Ayrshire Council takes any enforcement action that is necessary. This may include disciplinary action (fraud perpetrated by an employee), civil court action or criminal prosecution.

Reporting fraud

Anyone with information about suspected fraud should contact the Corporate Fraud Team. You do not have to give your name.

Contact Information

Corporate Fraud Team
North Ayrshire Council
2nd Floor, Cunninghame House, Friars Croft
Irvine
KA12 8EE
Telephone: 01294 324585
Telephone: 01294 324586
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