Renfrewshire Council

Counter Fraud and Corruption Policy

The Counter Fraud and Corruption Policy details the Council's approach to the prevention, detection and prosecution of fraud and corruption, across all of the Council's service areas.
The public expect the Council to conduct its affairs with integrity, honesty and openness, and demand the highest standard of conduct from those working for and with it. The Council is also expected to safeguard public funds, and to ensure that they are available and used for their intended purpose.
The Council has a commitment to achieving the highest standards of probity, which ensures that the opportunity for fraud and corruption is reduced to the lowest possible risk, with losses minimised.
The Council's aims to meet these expectations by having a culture which demonstrates clearly the Council is firmly committed to dealing equally with any fraud and corruption by perpetrators from both inside (elected members and employees) and outside the Council (including service users, members of the public, partners, contractors and suppliers).
The scope of the Policy extends to: 

  • Employees
  • Elected members
  • Service users
  • Contractors, agencies and suppliers
  • Other partner organisations where the principals of "following the public pound" would apply, such as organisations that receive funding from the Council, including the voluntary sector and other third-party organisations in which the Council has an interest.

The Policy meets the requirement to have effective arrangements for tackling fraud. The content conforms to professional guidance issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). It has also taken account of other professional guidance, and relevant legislation such as the Bribery Act 2010.