The Council is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with that commitment the Council encourages employees and others with serious concerns about any aspect of the Council's work to come forward and voice those concerns, in line with our Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy.
The Council recognises that certain cases will have to proceed on a confidential basis. You may be interested in our Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy. You can find this available for download at the bottom of this page.
The Council will do its utmost to prevent, detect and stop fraudulent activity in the delivery of Council services by Council employees.
How to raise a concern
Please contact the Monitoring Officer.
Concerns should be raised in writing. Please detail...
the background and history of the concern (giving relevant dates);
the reason why you are particularly concerned about the situation.
The earlier you express the concern the easier it is to take action
Although you are not expected to prove beyond doubt the truth of an allegation, you will need to demonstrate to the Monitoring Officer that there are reasonable grounds for your concern.
How the Council will take action
Where appropriate, the matters raised may:
be investigated by Management, Internal Audit, or through the disciplinary process
be referred to the Police
be referred to the External Auditor
form the subject of an independent inquiry.
In order to protect individuals and those accused of misdeeds or possible malpractice, initial enquires will be made to decide whether an investigation is appropriate and, if so, what form it should take. The overriding principle, which the Council will have in mind, is public interest.
If urgent action is required this will be taken before any investigation is conducted.
The Council accepts that you need to be assured that the matter has been properly addressed. Thus, subject to legal constraints, we will inform you of the outcome of any investigation