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09.10.18

Government launches first public sector counter-fraud profession

The government has announced its first counter-fraud profession for the public sector today, bringing together 10,000 counter-fraud specialists to help members develop their skills.

Minister for the constitution Chloe Smith said the fight against fraud in the public sector is “crucial” in building a fairer society.

“The launch of the Government’s Counter Fraud Profession is part of our smarter government initiative and will help make the UK a global leader in fraud prevention and detection,” she added.

“The profession shows the government’s continued determination to protect public services against attacks by a small group of unscrupulous people who break the law for their own personal gain.”

The government believes that believing the 10,000-strong community will help improve detection and prevention of fraud in public services, and will allow taxpayers’ money to go to those in need.

Last week reports surfaced that “insufficient financial controls” enabled a fraudster contractor to steal £2m from Barnet Council.

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