Counter Fraud

In addition to the measures identified within both Standing Orders and the Code of Conduct for members, we recognise the importance of a fully accountable, open and honest approach to ensuring that fraud is deterred and provide a framework within which any fraud would be detected.

The following measures are already in place to deter fraud:

  • All invoices examined and signed by two members of the Finance Sub-Committee
  • All cheques for payment signed by two members of the Finance Sub-Committee
  • Accounts for payment reviewed and approved at a full Council meeting
  • Regular review of year-to-date expenditure compared against budget
  • Annual review of Risk Register
  • Annual review of internal controls as part of internal audit
  • Annual internal audit to verify that records have been kept appropriately
  • Annual accounts submitted to government appointed external auditor

Local Government Transparency Code, 2015 requires that we publish details of the following:

  • Prevention of Social Housing Fraud: Stanford in the Vale Parish Council does not administer any social housing and therefore, does not undertake any counter-fraud measures with regard to this.
  • We have no employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud
  • We have no professionally accredited counter fraud specialists
  • The investigation and prosecution of fraud has cost the Parish Council £0 (nil)
  • We have not identified any cases of fraud, and therefore no cases have been investigated
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