WIRRAL Council is running a week long fraud awareness campaign from November 13-17 to coincide with International Fraud Awareness week 2017.
The aim is to raise public awareness, change people’s attitude towards fraud and encourage Wirral residents and businesses to help spot and stop fraud.
Fraudsters steal tens of thousands of pounds of public money that could be used to improve the local community; the campaign highlights the Council’s zero tolerance approach to fraud and the minority who commit fraud.
The campaign includes posters and leaflets in council-run public buildings, advertising on the council’s website and on One Stop Shop digital screens.
Cllr Janette Williamson, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Income Generation, said: ‘Fraud costs local government more than £7 billion per year, which is particularly relevant in times of dwindling resources. As a council, Wirral has a responsibility to protect public money and will not fail to seek the prosecution of any person suspected of making dishonest claims.’
Types of fraud can include:
- false claims for Council Tax support
- misuse of direct payments
- misuse of grant payments
- false invoices for goods, works or services
- false accident claims
- misuse of blue badges
How to report fraud:
- call free on 0800 731 5783
- text 07786 202 304, starting your message with ‘fraud’
- report online at www.wirral.gov.uk/fraud