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Fraud and Whistleblowing

Fraud and Corruption

Fraud against Local Government is estimated to cost billions of pounds per year. This is a significant loss to the public purse.

Somerset West and Taunton Council takes all forms of fraudulent or corrupt behaviour, whether internal or external seriously and is committed to:

  • The highest standards of probity in the delivery of its services, ensuring proper stewardship of its funds and assets.
  • The prevention of fraud and the promotion of an anti-fraud culture.
  • A zero-tolerance attitude to fraud, requiring staff and Councillors to act honestly and with integrity at all times, and to report all reasonable suspicions of fraud.
  • The investigation of a risk based response to all instances of actual, attempted or suspected fraud. The Council will seek to recover any losses and pursue appropriate sanctions against the perpetrators. This may include criminal prosecution, disciplinary action, legal proceedings and professional sanctions.

This is supported through:

Whistleblowing

We are committed to the highest standards of openness and accountability. We expect employees and the public, who are seriously worried about any aspect of the Council's work to come forward and voice their concerns.

Whether you are an employee or a member of the public, you might be the first to realise that there may be something seriously wrong within the Council.

This policy aims to encourage and enable employees and the public to raise concerns within the Council rather than overlooking a problem.

This policy also explains how you can raise a concern without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage.