Dear Stirling Council,
I am a current PhD student researching fraudulent misconducts involving employees within Scottish local authorities since the introduction of the Bribery Act 2010. My area of interest relates to departments involved in the construction of new buildings, and in the repairs & maintenance of existing properties within your local authority.
I therefore would be most grateful if you would provide me with the following information to the questions listed below.
Many thanks in advance.
1) Does your fraud response plan specifically address the fraud risks that apply to the departments dealing with the construction of new buildings and in the repairs & maintenance of existing properties, or has your council adopted a uniform anti-fraud and corruption policy across all departments of the council? Please would you provide a copy of your policy ?
2) Do you have a clear unambiguous policy in relation to conflict of interest and gifts and hospitality, and if so, please would you provide a copy?
3) How many allegations of fraud involving an employee has your authority received in the following periods, and how many were found to be substantiated?
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Stirling FK8 2ET
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Dear S Lee,
I refer to your above request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002, which was logged by us as FOI/12421.
The following information has been provided in response to your request.
1) Does your fraud response plan specifically address the fraud risks that
apply to the departments dealing with the construction of new buildings
and in the repairs & maintenance of existing properties, or has your
council adopted a uniform anti-fraud and corruption policy across all
departments of the council? Please would you provide a copy of your
The Council has a uniform anti-fraud and corruption policy across all
services. This is expected to be revised during 2019. A copy of the
existing policy (‘Anti Fraud and Corruption Strategy’) is attached.
- SC Anti Fraud and Corruption Strategy. pdf
2) Do you have a clear unambiguous policy in relation to conflict of
interest and gifts and hospitality, and if so, please would you provide a
Yes, the Council’s Employee Code of Conduct.
Please see attached pdf document (Code of Conduct for employees of
Stirling Council) provided in relation to this part of your request.
3) How many allegations of fraud involving an employee has your authority
received in the following periods, and how many were found to be
The following numbers of fraud allegations reflect those allegations that
have been drawn to the attention of the Council’s Audit service, as
required by the Council’s Financial Regulations and the Anti Fraud and
Corruption Strategy (the current Financial Regulations can be found at
). The numbers do not include allegations where insufficient detail was
provided to explore the allegation further, nor do they include
allegations relating to Council Tax or Benefits fraud where those
allegations were not in connection with an individual’s employment by the
2011 - 1 allegation received and substantiated
2012 - No allegations
2013 - 2 allegations received and not substantiated
2014 - No allegations
2015 - No allegations
2016 - 1 allegation received and substantiated; 3
further allegations received and not substantiated
2017 - 1 allegation received and substantiated; 2
further allegations received and not substantiated
2018 - 1 allegation received but not yet substantiated;
2 further allegations received and not substantiated
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