Published: Tuesday, 4th July 2017
Broadland District Council has been selected as a finalist in a national award.
The Institute of Revenue, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) has shortlisted the local authority in the IRRV Performance Awards 'Excellence in Counter Fraud' category.
It celebrates the work being carried out to tackle fraud - something which can be costly to local government.
Following the transfer of housing benefit fraud work and officers to the Department for Work and Pensions in 2015, Broadland District Council appointed one, part-time Corporate Fraud Officer who works with both internal departments and outside organisations to tackle fraud and raise awareness with staff and external partners.
During 2015-2016, this approach saved the organisation £35,000.
Trudy Mancini-Boyle, Portfolio Holder for Finance at Broadland District Council, said:
"Broadland District Council takes the issue of fraud very seriously, which is why resources have been allocated to tackle this work.
"We have a reputation for punching above our weight and this service again highlights our ability to take an innovative approach and achieve some great results with limited resources."
Broadland District Council's Corporate Fraud Officer has supported Norfolk County Council's Audit Team and the Eastern Cyber Crime Team at the police.
She has delivered training to staff at the Council, housing associations and parish/town clerks in the district.
The IRRV Performance Awards has ten categories - three for teams and seven for excellence.
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 4 October 2017.