Whistleblowing - fraud reporting

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Whistleblowing - fraud reporting

The term 'whistleblowing' refers to any confidential disclosure of suspected wrongdoing in respect of anyone working for or associated with the Council.

Our Whistleblowing Policy aims to provide a procedure for individuals to raise concerns, to encourage them to feel confident that they may do so without fear of recrimination, and to reassure them that their concerns will be properly investigated.

Potential areas of concern may include:

  • Any unlawful act, whether criminal (e.g. theft)  or breach of civil law;
  • Danger to health and safety;
  • Unauthorised use of public funds;
  • Possible fraud and corruption.

Raising a concern

Do you know of (or have good reason to suspect) fraudulent or corrupt activity involving the Council, its employees, Councillors or agents? If so, please do something about it today.

If your concern relates to a Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction Scheme claim, please visit our Benefit fraud page for details on how to report the fraud.

To report any other type of fraud, corruption or malpractice, you can raise the matter by phoning the Council on 01424 787000 and asking for one of the Designated Officers listed below:

  • Malcolm Johnston, Executive Director of Resources
  • Dr Anthony Leonard, Executive Director of Business Operations
  • Gary Angell, Audit Manager
  • Robin Vennard, Service Manager - Finance and Welfare (Section 151 Officer)
  • John Collins, Service Manager - Corporate and Human Resources (Monitoring Officer)

Alternatively, you can report the matter using one of the following methods:

  1. Phone the confidential Fraud Hotline on 01424 787799.
  2. Contact us by email at audit@rother.gov.uk.
  3. Send us details of a suspected fraud by completing the online Whistleblowing Form

All calls (and voicemail messages) received on the Fraud Hotline can only be answered (or accessed in the case of a message) by the Audit Manager. Similarly, all emails and whistleblowing forms sent by the above methods are delivered direct to the Audit Manager and are only accessible by this officer.

All information received by the Audit Manager will be handled in the strictest confidence but you may still raise your concerns anonymously if you prefer.

In the event that the Audit Manager is absent for any sustained period of time (e.g. annual leave of more than 72 hours) then one of the Designated Officers listed above will be given secure access to any messages received.

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