Report suspected fraud
We have a corporate fraud team who investigate fraud and irregularity allegations.
Fraud within the public sector costs the taxpayer billions every year. We are committed to zero tolerance on all aspects of fraud.
If you suspect fraud is taking place, report your concerns.
Types of fraud
We are committed to tackling all types of fraud and corruption, including:
- Council Tax
- business rates
- housing - tenancy or Right to Buy
- Blue Badge
- offences committed by employees and suppliers or contractors
- social care / direct payments
- free school meals
- insurance claims such as slips, trips and falls
We encourage confidence in reporting suspected illegal or illegitimate practices. Individuals who make disclosures are completely safe.
Investigations into benefit fraud are no longer undertaken by the council. Please report benefit fraud to the Department for Works and Pensions.
All reports will be noted, but some may be resolved informally. Concerns will be handled sensitively, in confidence and without fear.
We investigate with a view to:
- criminal prosecution (dependent on circumstances) or pursuing internal disciplinary action,
- recovery of monies or property obtained through fraudulent acts.
Counter Fraud and Corruption Policy
The Counter Fraud and Corruption Policy outlines Gateshead Council's approach, as well as defining roles and responsibilities for dealing with the threat of fraud and corruption, both internally and externally. The policy also sets out Gateshead Council's commitment to tackling fraud and corruption.
Data Matching - National Fraud Initiative (NFI)
We are legally required to protect the public funds we deal with. To prevent and detect fraud we may share information held by us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds.
To help prevent and detect fraud we take part in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercise carried out by the Cabinet Office.
Gateshead Council counter fraud data 2022-23
|Number of occasions they use powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Regulations 2014 or similar powers||0|
|Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecution of fraud||10 absolute/|
|Total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists||2 absolute/|
|Total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud (includes the costs of two fraud investigators, admin assistant and management)||£69,424|
|Total number of fraud cases investigated (includes cases of irregularity)||302|