COYC%202%20colourCOUNTER FRAUD PLAN 2022/23

Date: 6 April 2022

Annex 2

Jonathan Dodsworth
 Assistant Director – Counter Fraud
Max Thomas
 Head of Internal Audit












1            Veritau undertakes counter fraud work on behalf of City of York Council. This document summarises the agreed areas of counter fraud work for 2022/23.

2            A total of 983 days of counter fraud work has been agreed for 2022/23. A large proportion of this work will comprise reactive investigations which are determined by referrals received from officers and the public about suspected fraud. Other work will be undertaken in accordance with priorities determined by the Counter Fraud Risk Assessment and Counter Fraud Strategy Action Plan (last presented to the Audit and Governance Committee in January 2022).


chat bubble icon 2022/23 COUNTER FRAUD SUMMARY

3            A summary of planned areas of work is set out in the table below.




Counter Fraud General


Monitoring changes to regulations and guidance, reviewing counter fraud risks, and support to the council with maintenance of the counter fraud framework. Updates on significant fraud trends and counter fraud activities will be provided to the Audit and Governance Committee during the year.

Proactive Work

This includes:

·         raising awareness of counter fraud issues and procedures for reporting suspected fraud - for example through training and provision of updates on fraud related issues

·         targeted proactive counter fraud work - for example through local and regional data matching exercises

·         support and advice on cases which may be appropriate for investigation and advice on appropriate measures to deter and prevent fraud.


Reactive Investigations


Investigation of suspected fraud affecting the council. This includes feedback on any changes needed to procedures to prevent fraud reoccurring.

Covid-19 Response Work

Supporting assurance activities and investigation of potential fraud highlighted through this work. Assisting the council to recover money lost to fraud through grants.

National Fraud Initiative (NFI)


Coordinating submission of data to the Cabinet Office for the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching programme and investigation of subsequent matches.

Fraud Liaison

Acting as a single point of contact for the Department for Work and Pensions, to provide data to support their housing benefit investigations.