Herefordshire Council is encouraging local people to make themselves aware of the different types of fraud and the ways they can be combatted

Fraud in the public sector costs taxpayers billions of pounds each year and losses on this scale can have a huge impact on the provision of public services. Frauds committed against the Council can include:

  • Council Tax fraud
  • Business Rates fraud
  • Grant Fraud
  • Social Care fraud
  • Schools and Education fraud
  • Procurement fraud
  • Insurance fraud (claims against the Council)
  • Blue Badge fraud
  • Internal fraud

The Corporate Fraud Service, carries out investigations to prevent and detect fraud against the Council, whether it is by employees, elected members, partner organisations, suppliers or residents. The department takes any enforcement action that is necessary which may include disciplinary action (if the fraud is perpetrated by an employee), civil court action or criminal prosecution.

The council is opposed to all forms of fraud and corruption, and is determined to protect against such actions, whether attempted from within the council or by outside individuals, groups or organisations. So, if you are aware of anyone believed to be committing fraud, please report it. That way we will have more money to spend on services which will benefit everyone in Herefordshire.

  • Complete our online form to report fraud
  • Call the fraud hotline on 01432 260698
  • Write to us at: Counter Fraud Department, Corporate Services, Plough Lane Offices, Hereford, HR4 0LE

Any contact details provided will be held safely and treated in strict confidence, and you can request to remain anonymous within the fraud referral form.

International Fraud Awareness Week (12-18 November 2023) is organised by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is a global effort to minimise the impact of fraud by promoting awareness and education.

Find help and support in the counter fraud section of our website.

Published: 14th November 2023