Epsom & Ewell promotes a culture of openness within its core values and is opposed to any form of fraud.
We have a duty to protect public funds and wish to conduct our affairs in a spirit of honesty, integrity and openness. To this extent there are structures and procedures in place to assist in the fight against fraud and corruption.
Or confidential reporting is a way for employees of an organisation to raise reasonably and honestly held concerns, that they have about serious matters that could put the Council and/or the public at risk. The information provided is strictly confidential and you do not have to give your name unless you want to. If you do we will keep it confidential as per our constitution (***).
Anti-fraud and corruption strategy
Acknowledges the threat of fraud, encourage prevention; promotes detection ; identifies a clear pathway for investigations sets out the appropriate solutions, including the recovery of loss. The full policy can be found here. (***)
Anti-money laundering policy
We have a duty to ensure procedures are in place to reduce the risk of it being subject to the impact of money laundering which are laid out in this policy. A copy of the full policy can be found here. (***)
We are committed to the prevention and detection of bribery. We have a zero tolerance approach toward bribery and aim to maintain bribery compliance through business as usual approach, rather than a one off exercise. This policy details the arrangements made in the council for such concerns to be raised by employees or members of the public. The full policy can be found here. (***)
We also have other supporting documents including the Financial Regulations, Contract Standing Orders, Members Code of Conduct & Officers Code of Conduct that all members, staff and suppliers have an obligation to comply with the relevant sections
Corporate fraud or whistleblowing
If you have any concerns please contact Internal Auditors RSM on 0117 945 2000 or their 24 hour Hotline on 0845 0340811
Alternatively you can contact the Director of Finance & Resources on 01372 732201 or the Monitoring Officer on 01372 732418. Full details of contacts can be found in the whistleblowing Policy. (***)
National Fraud Initiative (NFI)
EEBC are required to participate in the NFI data matching exercise overseen by the Cabinet Office. The Council provide sets of data including payroll. For further information please visit our data matching page.
Housing Benefit Fraud
From October 2015, all Housing Benefit Fraud responsibility transferred to Department for Work and Pensions. You can report suspected Housing Benefit Fraud in three ways:
Online - www.gov.uk/report-benefit-fraud
By phone - Contact the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440. Your call is free and confidential - you do not have to give your name or address. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
By post -BFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP