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Counter fraud

Every year in the UK up to £49bn of public money is lost to fraud. Resources are stretched and fraudsters are increasingly sophisticated, making the public services more vulnerable than ever to criminal activity.


The impact of financial crime on the public sector is enormous. As stewards of public money, it is the responsibility of each and every public sector organisation to take an active role in the fight against corruption, bribery and fraud. The diversion of funding from vital public services undermines public trust, financial sustainability, organisational efficiency and makes the vulnerable people in our communities that much worse off.

How CIPFA can help

Building on CIPFA's extensive history of championing excellence in public finance management, we work with organisations across the public sector to help them prevent, detect and recover fraud losses and develop counter fraud skills.

We support the national counter fraud and anti-corruption strategy for local government, Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally and were named in the UK government's 2017-22 Anti-Corruption strategy as having a key role to play in combating corruption, both within the UK and abroad.

Below are just some of the services we provide.

Recent webinars

Catch up on our webinar recordings:

  • CIPFA's new Level 4 Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship: As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, CIPFA's Head of Counter Fraud Training Les Dobie and CIPFA’s Counter Fraud Apprenticeship Manager, Heidi Loren de Sousa hosted a webinar exploring the UK counter fraud landscape and the new apprenticeship.
  • Tackling public sector fraud from the inside out: Hosted by CIPFA's Senior Counter Fraud Consultant Marc McAuley, this session featured CIPFA's Counter Fraud Apprenticeship Manager, Heidi Loren de Sousa, Mike Frost, Audit and Anti-Fraud Manager at Buckinghamshire Council and Nick Jennings, Head of the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service. Together, they looked at how to balance people, culture and financial resourcing in order to create the best possible foundation for preventing fraud.

Qualifications and training

Making sure staff have the skills needed to detect, prevent and recover fraud losses is key to building an anti-fraud culture. We offer a diverse range of qualifications, short courses and e-learning packages, all of which carry continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

We also offer the CIPFA Level 4 Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship. This is a market-leading, levy-funded programme that will deliver innovative, dynamic and relevant training to aspiring counter fraud professionals working in a range of investigative roles.

Publications and research

The CIPFA Code of Practice on Managing the Risk of Fraud and Corruption sets out the five key principles required to create an effective counter-fraud response. It is supported by detailed guidance notes on how to apply the principles and an assessment tool to help you measure your organisation's arrangements against the code.

Our publication, Combating Financial Crime: Practical Advice for the Public Sector (2020 Edition) updates public authorities on the latest money laundering regulations (including the 4th and 5th anti-money laundering EU directives) and draws on current best practices to prevent money laundering.

CIPFA has worked with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Local Government Association to produce Protecting your supply chain from fraud, an accessible reminder of the continuing risks to supply chains posed by fraud and corruption, many of which are exacerbated by emergency circumstances.

CIPFA's Counter Fraud and Corruption Tracker (CFaCT) survey is the annual survey of the fraud and corruption detected in local authorities across the UK. It gives a national picture of fraud, bribery and corruption across UK local authorities and the actions being taken to prevent it.

Tackling Fraud in the Public Sector – a Local Government Perspective was commissioned with the aim of improving awareness and generating new insights into counter fraud management in the public sector. Completed by Perpetuity Research, the research report is an in-depth look at fraud from professionals within UK local authorities.

Support and resources

To help organisations save money on their counter-fraud and corruption initiatives, we offer a Counter Fraud Centre subscription service, which gives free or significantly discounted access to many of our products and services. It is the most cost-effective way to access our expertise and encourages networking and knowledge sharing with fellow practitioners.

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about the work that we do around the world, please contact us:

T: +44 (0)20 7543 5600
E: customerservices@cipfa.org


Our Experts

Les Dobie

Les Dobie

Head of Counter Fraud Training

Les is CIPFA's Head of Counter Fraud Training and has over 30 years’ experience in economic crime investigation and fraud risk management in both the public and private sectors. Read more...

Marc McAuley

Marc McAuley

Senior Counter Fraud Consultant

Marc is CIPFA's Senior Counter Fraud Consultant. He is also the institute's representative on the Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally board, the government’s Cross Sector Advisory Group and the CCAB’s Economic Crime Panel. Read more...

Diana Melville

Governance Advisor

Diana is the lead advisor for the CIPFA Better Governance Forum and is CIPFA’s representative on the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board. She is a CIPFA qualified accountant and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Prior to joining CIPFA in 2008 she was head of internal audit at Salisbury Council and held other audit roles in local government and at the National Audit Office. Read more...

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