Overview

19 May, 20219:30 am-12:30 pm20 May, 20219:30 am-12:30 pm
Online Conference

Effectively responding to new and ever evolving fraudulent threats across local government as a result of Covid-19

This conference will provide participants with the opportunity to examine successful methods of tackling fraud and corruption in the public sector that have arisen as a result of Covid-19. Best practice practitioners will share guidance on implementing effective data matching practices, building a counter-fraud culture and developing in-house capacity to recover public funds. This event will also explore the additional challenges that have arisen as a result of Covid-19 and how it has lead to an increase of fraud risk and how local councils and public bodies should respond.

Policy Background

It is estimated that the government has lost between £1.3billion and £7.9billion because of Covid-19 related fraud conducted by organised crime groups, according to a report published by Policy Exchange in July 2020. With fraud against the public sector, including tax credit, benefit and student loan fraud estimated to cost £31-48billion a year, it is crucial for the public sector to come to together during this crisis to prevent criminals from taking advantage during this time.

In April 2020, the LGA published guidance on ‘Covid-19: protecting the local government sector supply chain from fraud’, outlining new and arising challenges because of Covid-19. The pandemic resulted in local authorities having to distribute business grants to those worst affected by the pandemic. It was essential for the grants to be distribute quickly, but with the adequate fraud prevention checks in place. Covid-19 has also resulted in other forms of fraud becoming prevalent including furlough fraud, vaccine scams, courier fraud, procurement fraud, identity theft and taking advantage of the elderly. It is essential going forward to tackle these rising cases of fraud and to support councils in their post-assurance work.

In October 2020, the NAO published a report which highlighted that taxpayers may lose up to £26 billion on unpaid government loans because of fraud, organise crime or default payments. Unfortunately, statistics published by CIPFA show that local councils are not well prepared to effectively tackle new cases of fraud and that staff are not adequately skilled enough to recognised fraudulent activity. Two-thirds of local government professional think fraud is a major risk for council and seven out of ten believe poor organisational controls leave local authorities vulnerable to fraudsters. Nearly half (49%) wanted that staff are not adequately trained to identify fraudulent activity. Lack of effective training was also picked up in the MHCLG Procurement Fraud Report, published in June 2020, with no mandatory training being undertaken by local councils.

Local authorities must now work together with central government to ensure the future prevention and detection of fraud, through effective use of data and intelligence, risk management, post-event assurance and investigations and use of enforcement powers to recover public funds. Failure to do so will lead to increased financial strain on the public sector and a loss of confidence from the public at a time when the country is facing a national crisis.

Watch this video to find out more about the online event experience.

Online Experience

  • Sector based networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Key Speakers

Rachael Tiffen photo
Rachael Tiffen
Director, Public Sector
Cifas
Graeme Thomson photo
Graeme Thomson
Strategic Lead Director for Fraud Debt and Grant
Cabinet Office

Other Speakers

Emma MacLeod photo
Emma MacLeod
National Fraud Initative
Cabinet Office

Agenda

  • Day 1 - 19th May
  • Day 2 - 20th May
9:30 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:40 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:50 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Welcome to the Tackling Covid-19 Fraud Across the Public Sector Conference. We have designed this conference with virtual in mind from the outset and therefore have designed the day to be as practical and solutions focused as possible for you.

Some of the key themes and challenges that we will be looking at solutions to across the day will include:

  • Additional risks posed by covid-19 to fraud prevention and detection
  • Using data analytics and intelligence to prevent fraud
  • Covid-19 fraud prevention measures and fund recovery
Professor Mark Button
Professor Mark Button
Director, Centre for Counter Fraud Studies
University of Portsmouth
Invited
10:00 am
Cifas Guidance Update: Identifying and Tackling New Fraud Risks as a Result of Covid-19
  • Exploring the ‘Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally Strategy for 2020’ and the blueprint it provides for a coordinated response to fraud
  • Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on local fraud and the additional risks local authorities need to tackle
  • Highlighting how CIFAS is supporting local authorities in tackling covid-19 fraud, through its fraud covid-19 screening service and advice and resources online
  • Sharing how central government, local authorities and law enforcement can collaborate more effectively to tackle fraud and Covid-19 fraud
Rachael Tiffen
Rachael Tiffen
Director, Public Sector
Cifas
Confirmed
10:20 am
Working in Partnership to Support Fraud Prevention and Detection During Covid-19
  • Outlining how NAFN worked in partnership with a range of national organisations to support fraud prevention and detection during the Covid-19 crisis
  • Sharing the success of NAFN’s Covid-19 Intelligence Alert Prevention Initiative which facilitated quick, lawful, secure and effective sharing of intelligence via alerts
  • Exploring how the alerts provided live lists of all fraudulent applications for Covid-19 grants to Local Authorities, so they could cross check within their organisations
  • Raising awareness and preventing further Covid-19 fraud within local authorities
Mark Astley
Mark Astley
Head of Service
NAFN Data and Intelligence Services
Confirmed
10:40 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:00 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Cabinet Office Counter Fraud Interactive Session: Data Analytics and Intelligence in Fraud Prevention

In this practical session the Cabinet Office Counter Fraud Function will share insights from preventing fraud over the course of the pandemic, the importance of the use of technology, data analytics and intelligence and the impact Covid-19 has had on future fraud prevention measures.

  • Exploring the importance of data analytics in Covid-19 fraud prevention
  • Learning practical insights and tools for using intelligence effectively in fraud prevention
  • Learning how to transform your fraud prevention capability by using data, technology and analytics
Graeme Thomson
Graeme Thomson
Strategic Lead Director for Fraud Debt and Grant
Cabinet Office
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Practical Insights: Implementing Effective Covid-19 Fraud Prevention and Risk Management Measures

Hear from the London Borough of Barnet as they share key insights and learning outcomes from implementing effective Covid-19 fraud prevention measures and their next steps in the post Covid-19 landscape.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how the London Borough of Barnet designed a process for delivering Covid-19 grant funding with effective fraud prevention safeguards in place
Patrick Wright
Patrick Wright
Borough Counter Fraud Manager
London Borough of Barnet
Invited
12:20 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
12:30 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change

9:30 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:40 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:50 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Welcome to day 2 of the Tackling Covid-19 Fraud Across the Public Sector Conference. We have designed this conference with virtual in mind from the outset and therefore have designed the day to be as practical and solutions focused as possible for you.

Some of the key themes and challenges that we will be looking at solutions to across the day will include:

  • Embedding an anti-fraud culture in your organisation
  • Undertaking fraud investigations during covid-19
  • Understanding the safe and effective use of technology in preventing and investigating fraud
Professor Mark Button
Professor Mark Button
Director, Centre for Counter Fraud Studies
University of Portsmouth
Invited
10:00 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Developing Strategies for Embedding Effective Measures for Fraud Prevention

During this discussion, panellists will discuss strategies for effectively embedding measures for fraud prevention in your organisation. Highlighting the importance of this in light of Covid-19 and as part of returning to the normal fraud function within your local authority after the pandemic.

Throughout this session delegates will also be encouraged to put forward their common challenges for the panel to discuss potential solutions that their peers can learn from.

  • Discussing how to embed anti-fraud, bribery and corruption measures effectively throughout an organisation
  • Highlighting the importance of robust governance and executive support in preventing and tackling fraud
  • Understanding the importance of the prevention agenda, with more stress on enhancing detection methods in order to prevent fraud from occurring in the first place
  • Exploring how embedding a counter-fraud culture in your organisation will assist in dealing with fraud in times of crisis
Tom Powell
Tom Powell
Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management
Manchester City Council
Invited
Steve Sparkes
Steve Sparkes
Head of Audit Services
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Invited
Neil Carpenter
Neil Carpenter
Internal Audit Manager
Hart District Council
Invited
Steven Graham
Steven Graham
Fraud Manager
Durham Council
Confirmed
10:40 am
Practical Insights: Learning How to Conduct Effective Investigations into Covid-19 Fraud

In this practical session hear from HM Revenue & Customs about how they conduct their investigations on the ground. Discover how to work effectively in partnership with them to support their investigative work and effectively tackle fraud in your local authority. Explore the impact of Covid-19 on fraud investigations and their future outlook.

This session will include opportunities for delegates to ask questions.

Andrew Robertson
Andrew Robertson
Senior Investigation Officer, Fraud Investigation Service
HM Revenues & Customs
Invited
11:10 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:30 am
Practical Insights: Understanding the Legal Boundaries of Digital Fraud Investigations
  • Exploring the legal boundaries of conducting virtual and digital fraud investigations
  • Understanding the limits of conducting interviews under caution when you are unable to conduct interviews face to face
  • Ensuring the security of software, especially video conferencing and data transferring, to prevent attacks from cyber criminals
Arun Chauhan
Arun Chauhan
Deputy Chair
Fraud Advisory Panel
Invited
11:50 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
12:00 pm
Practical Insights: Working Effectively with the National Fraud Initiative
  • Explore how the work effectively with the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) and use data matching to help prevent and detect fraud
  • Understand the data requirements and specifications necessary to work with the NFI
  • Discuss the role of the NFI in identifying and detecting covid-19 fraud
Emma MacLeod
Emma MacLeod
National Fraud Initative
Cabinet Office
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
12:30 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for Local and Central Government, it is also open to the wider public and private sectors to encourage debate and networking.

  • Heads of Audit or Internal Audit
  • Heads of Assurance
  • Chief Executives
  • Case Managers
  • Cabinet Members for Finance and Governance
  • Investigating Officers
  • Account Managers
  • Counter-Fraud and Corruption Managers
  • Finance Directors
  • Revenues and Benefits Managers
  • Operation Managers
  • Finance Officers
  • Procurement Business Managers

Pricing

Supporters

This conference is supported by: