Orkney Islands Council expects its staff and elected members at all times to act honestly, with integrity, and to safeguard the public resources for which they are responsible. The Council expects this honesty and integrity to extend to all individuals and organisations with whom it deals including contractors and their employees.
The Council has a zero tolerance attitude and will not accept any level of fraud, bribery or corruption. Any instances of fraud/suspected fraud will be investigated thoroughly and dealt with appropriately. Every opportunity will be taken to seek to recover any loss suffered by the Council as a result of fraud.
The Council is committed to ensuring that opportunities for fraud, bribery and corruption are minimised wherever practicable and, where appropriate and legal, will co-operate and share information with other local authorities and public sector bodies in the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud, bribery and corruption.
This policy will be communicated to all employees, elected members and external stakeholders and published on the Council’s website to ensure awareness.
This policy does not cover the procedures to be followed in respect of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction for the reporting, investigation or prosecution of such fraud. Separate policies for these are available from the 'Related Links' Section of this page.
The Corporate Anti-Fraud Policy is available in PDF format from the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page.