PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS
Partners and Stakeholders
The Cabinet Office support the Prime Minister and ensure the effective running of government. They are are also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and take the lead in certain critical policy areas (.GOV.UK) including the Government Counter Fraud Function (GCFF) and National Fraud initiative (NFI).
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is a ministerial department, supported by 41 agencies and public bodies. Its responsibilities include business, industrial strategy, science, research and innovation, energy and clean growth and climate change.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers (.GOV.UK)
The Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Officer (IPCO) provides independent oversight and authorisation of the use of investigatory powers by intelligence agencies, police forces and other public authorities. IPCO’s purpose is to oversee how these powers are used, taking account of the public interest and ensuring that investigations are conducted in accordance with the law.
The Local Government Association (LGA) are the national voice of local government, working with councils to support, promote and improve.
Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally
Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally Strategy for 2020
Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally 2020 is the updated counter fraud and corruption strategy for local government. It provides a blueprint for a coordinated response to fraud and corruption perpetrated against local authorities with the support of those at the top.
Local authorities continue to face a significant fraud challenge and while the official figures are dated the argument about protecting funds and vulnerable people remains. The National Fraud Authority estimated local authorities face the threat of £2.1bn fraud in a year in 2013. In fact, the Annual Fraud Indicator produced by Crowe Clark Whitehill estimates that figure may be as high as £7.8bn in 2017, out of a total of £40.4bn for the public sector as a whole).. The Government’s Economic Crime Plan states that the numbers of fraud offences rose by 12% during 2018 to 3.6 million – constituting a third of all crimes in the UK.
National Trading Standards (NTS) protect consumers and safeguard businesses through cross-boundary intelligence-led enforcement projects in England and Wales. They also act as a safety net for consumers by ensuring that products entering the UK and the food chain are safe. They fund national teams that are hosted within local authorities. These include the eCrime, Safety at Ports and Borders, Feed, Regional Investigations, Estate Agency, Intelligence and Scams Teams.