Focus on Fraud Awareness for Local Authorities

Empowering staff to help significantly reduce losses from fraud & help protect the authority’s reputation

Creating an anti-fraud culture throughout your organisation that can save you £millions.

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Meritec’s Focus on Fraud Awareness for Local Authorities is a small way to make a big difference

  • It was estimated that local authorities face the threat of £7.8bn fraud in a year which has a knock-on effect of inflating taxes. (Crowe Clark Whitehill Annual Fraud Indicator).
  • An estimated 4.5m fraud offences took place in YE March 2022, a 25% increase on 2020 figures. (ONS Crime Survey).
  • 46% of all organisations reported experiencing fraud, corruption or economic crime in the last 24 months (PWC Global Economic Crime & Fraud Survey 2022).
  • 64% of local government professionals believe fraud is a major risk to their authorities. (CIPFA Perspective on Fraud Report).
  • 60% of authorities believe that staff training in raising fraud awareness is one of the two top priorities in tackling fraud in the future. (CIPFA Perspective on Fraud Report).

For as little as 50p per
employee per annum

Focus on Fraud Awareness can provide your entire workforce with the information they need to identify fraud and report their suspicions.

How much is not raising staff awareness around fraudulent activity costing your local authority?

Procurement fraud alone in local authorities within the UK is estimated to cost a huge £4.13bn (Source: Crowe Clark Whitehill Annual Fraud Indicator).

The Local Authority edition of Focus on Fraud Awareness enables local government to quickly and cost effectively raise staff awareness throughout the organisation of fraudulent activities, thus mitigating risks and minimising potential losses. 

Early identification of actual or potential frauds by 'fraud aware' staff can provide a rapid and significant return on this investment in learning.

Making learning easy & rewarding for your staff with our cloud-based platform

  • Customised content for individual organisations
  • Interactive features to aid learner understanding
  • 24 x 7 x 365 access via PC, laptop, mobile or tablet
  • Management dashboard with learner usage and feedback
  • SCORM compliance for secure hosting by Meritec or on-premise
  • Optional mobile app for harder-to-reach learners

Positive outcomes for your Local Authority

  • Reduce losses from fraud – timely fraud referrals can save the organisation £000s in financial losses and minimise the costs of a damaged reputation.
  • Minimise training costs – digital learning facilities enable timely delivery of quality learning to large numbers of individuals.
  • Create an anti-fraud culture – an awareness initiative driven from the top of the organisation shows a commitment to preventing fraudulent activity through creating a culture of vigilance.
  • Improve the use of resources – staff fulfil their training needs at a pace that suits them, allowing specialist staff to focus on fraud detection and investigations.

A small price to pay for reducing losses from fraud and protecting your authority from reputational damage.

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Meritec Testimonial from Stoke On Trent City Council fraud awareness

Meritec’s Focus on Fraud Awareness has enabled us to provide a simple and engaging e-learning session for all staff across the council enabling them to identify fraud and report their suspicions. Based on the effectiveness of the training and the positive feedback received from staff, a number of our partners within the Staffordshire Counter Fraud Partnership have also invested in the package.

Andrew Massey, Corporate Fraud Manager, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Here are some of the organisations already subscribing to Focus on Fraud Awareness

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