Whiteman wades into report row
The chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has waded into a row over the publication of a lessons learned report.
CIPFA blocks publication of failed project review
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has refused to publish a report assessing whether it has learnt lessons from a failed counter-fraud project.
‘Shameless’ COVID fraudsters targeted 41 councils
The actions of two companies that attempted to defraud dozens of councils out of COVID grants have been labelled ‘despicable’.
Voter ID 'colossal waste of money,' says Labour
Proposals to introduce voter ID are a ‘colossal waste of money,’ Labour has argued.
Queen's Speech: Controversial voter ID plans roll forward
Voter ID is expected to be introduced by May 2023 after the Government pledged to introduce legislation to ‘ensure the integrity of elections’.
Grant fraud to soar
Grant fraud is expected to soar because of the amount of COVID-19 funding channelled through local government, according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Facing down the fraudsters
Tracie Langley offers three lines of attack to protect councils responsible for passporting significantly more money than normal from fraudsters.
Operation Sheridan four released under investigation
Four sector figures arrested three years ago have been released under investigation following a review.
In defence of algorithms and their value to public services
Rather than turning our back on algorithms, the task is to make them better and the data they use more balanced and properly representative, argues Andrew Laird.
EXCLUSIVE: Police refuse to reveal sector probe costs
Police have refused to publish the costs of an investigation into four sector figures who remain on bail three years after they were arrested.
CIPFA mulls legal action against council
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has put aside £500,000 to fund potential legal action against Ealing LBC over a contract dispute.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministers pile pressure on councils over business grants
Business secretary Alok Sharma has expressed concerns that some councils have paid out less than 80% of their grants to small firms.
Council staff warn fraud is a major risk for local government
Two-thirds of local government professionals think fraud is a major risk for councils, a new survey has revealed.
Fraud in times of crisis
As CIPFA publishes research showing local government professionals believe fraud is a major risk, Marc McAuley says we must learn from past mistakes.
Coronavirus fraud warning
Finance experts have warned coronavirus could bring an increased risk of fraud.
Councils face barriers as they try to tackle fraud
Local authorities are still encountering barriers to tackling fraud effectively, a new document has highlighted.
Council director on bail after fraud arrest
Liverpool City Council’s director of regeneration and employment has been released on bail a day after being arrested as part of an ongoing fraud investigation.
Surge in number of council tax fraud cases
The number of council tax fraud cases uncovered by local authorities increased by a fifth over the past year, new research has found.
Government stands firm after Pickles plea
The Government has said it ‘would not be appropriate’ to pay legal costs to whistleblowers in electoral fraud cases despite a former communities secretary revealing he fought for it to happen.
Pickles: Fraud can change council control
There are still weaknesses in the running of local elections, a House of Lords select committee has heard.