Fraud reports

The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority (the Authority) is a large public authority and expects the highest standards of conduct and integrity from its members, employees and from all who have dealings with it. The Authority recognises the importance of these standards and the high expectations of the public in this respect. The Authority has set a culture and tone that embodies honesty and active opposition to corruption and dishonesty, which its members and employees are expected to demonstrate through leading by example.

The Authority has a Confidential Reporting Policy, also known as the “Whistleblowing Code”, which sets out a procedure on how to raise concerns of a serious nature. The Authority’s Fraud and Corruption Policy focuses specifically on procedures for dealing with allegations of financial irregularities and is intended to:  

  • encourage prevention of dishonesty;
  • promote the detection of dishonesty; and
  • identify a clear pathway for investigation.

Acts of dishonesty within the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are extremely rare. This reflects the skills, dedication and decency of Authority members, employees and others with whom the Authority has dealings.  However, constant vigilance is necessary to ensure that this good record is maintained.

  • Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority actively participates in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) process. This process ensures that data is submitted accurately and supports the review of resulting data matches.
  • No posts exist specifically for the undertaking of investigations and prosecutions of fraud, the responsibility is incorporated into a number of roles.

Annual reports

Fraud report 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

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Fraud report 2020-2021
Information Total
The number of occasions they use powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers 0
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 0.25
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists 0
The total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud  0
The total number of fraud cases investigated 0
The total number of cases of irregularity investigated 0
The total number of occasions on which 
a) fraud and
b) irregularity was identified

a) 0

b) 0

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was detected

a) £0

b) £0

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was recovered.

a) £0

b) £0

Fraud report 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

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Fraud report 2019-2020
Information Total
The number of occasions they use powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers 0
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 0.25
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists 0
The total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud  0
The total number of fraud cases investigated 0
The total number of cases of irregularity investigated 0
The total number of occasions on which 
a) fraud and
b) irregularity was identified

a) 0

b) 0

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was detected

a) £0

b) £0

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was recovered.

a) £0

b) £0

 

Fraud report 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

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Fraud report 2018-2019
Information Total
The number of occasions they use powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers 0
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 0.25
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists 0
The total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud  0
The total number of fraud cases investigated 0
The total number of cases of irregularity investigated 3
The total number of occasions on which 
a) fraud and
b) irregularity was identified

a) 0

b) 2

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was detected

a) £0

b) £4667.45

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was recovered.

a) £0

b) £0

Fraud report 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

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Fraud report 2017-2018
Information Total
The number of occasions they use powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers 0
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 0.25
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists 0
The total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud  0
The total number of fraud cases investigated 0
The total number of cases of irregularity investigated 2
The total number of occasions on which 
a) fraud and
b) irregularity was identified

a) 0

b) 2

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was detected

a) £0

b) £1395

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was recovered.

a) £0

b) £0

Fraud report 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

Grey
Fraud report 2016-2017
Information Total
The number of occasions they use powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powers 0
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud 0.25
The total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialists 0
The total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud  0
The total number of fraud cases investigated 0
The total number of cases of irregularity investigated 0
The total number of occasions on which 
a) fraud and
b) irregularity was identified

a) 0

b) 0

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was detected

a) £0

b) £0

The total monetary value of 
a) the fraud and
b) the irregularity that was recovered.

a) £0

b) £0