The council is responsible for investigating suspicions of fraud, irregularity and misuse.
We have a responsibility to protect council money and property. This includes protecting it from those who try to steal or misuse it. We also want to make sure that council money is used in the way it was intended.
Our Counter Fraud Strategy [PDF, 280Kb] sets out how the council ensures there are controls in place to prevent and deter fraud and, where it does occur, detect it quickly so that an investigation can take place.
The strategy includes a whistleblowing policy, which encourages anyone to report suspicions of fraud and misuse or waste of public money. This can be done anonymously and in confidence.
The strategy is refreshed every year and approved by our Audit Committee.
Read our Stamp It Out leaflet [PDF, 117Kb] for further information on how to combat fraud.
Contact us if you see or hear of anyone who is:
- getting money from the council that they are not entitled to - this could be payments for contracts, supplies, grants, benefits or salaries
- receiving a discount they are not entitled to - for example, claiming to live alone to receive a discounted council tax bill or claiming to be unemployed to pay reduced rates at facilities
- stealing or misusing council stores, equipment, vehicles or buildings
Report suspected fraud
Alternatively, you can call the North Lincolnshire Council Fraud hotline on 01724 296666.
Our trained staff operate the hotline from 9am to 4pm; messages can be left at any time. You do not have to leave your name and all calls are treated with the strictest of confidence.
You can also email details of suspected fraud to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to:
Fraud Hotline Office
For issues relating to suspected housing benefits fraud, please contact our housing benefits fraud team.
For fraud issues not relating to the council, contact our Trading Standards team.
Information to include when reporting suspected fraud
When making an allegation, the following information will help us investigate the suspected fraud:
what fraud you suspect is taking place and how long it might have been going on
name, address and where the individual works
a description of the person
what transport they use, for example car, type, colour and registration number
the name and description of people living with them
Please provide as much information as you can.
Our counter-fraud newsletter, Fraud Focus [PDF, 259Kb] sets out some of our work and some of the work that is taking place nationally to combat fraud.
It also gives a useful insight into what the latest fraud threats are and how you can help protect yourself and the council from the risk of fraud.