‘Fraud-fighting force’ to be created in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council.
Lincolnshire County Council.
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In a bid to tackle the high levels of fraud, central government has provided funds to set up a Lincolnshire Counter Fraud Partnership.

Local councils have been awarded £200,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government to further joint efforts in tackling fraud.

The funds will be used to create the Lincolnshire Counter Fraud Partnership, bringing together experts from around the county to establish a joint fraud-fighting force.

Working closely together, the team will build upon the councils’ counter fraud successes by sharing intelligence, investigative resource, and best practice.

Coun Marc Jones, Executive Member for Finance and Property, said: “The county council takes a zero tolerance approach to fraud and has a proven track record of recouping lost money.

“We’ve recovered over £1m in recent years – money that can be ploughed back into frontline services.

“And by joining forces with other local councils, we can make sure that we reduce fraud to an absolute minimum, protecting the public purse.”