Whistleblowing - Fraud Reporting


Whistleblowing - Fraud Reporting

The term 'whistleblowing' refers to any confidential disclosure of suspected wrongdoing in respect of anyone working for or associated with the Council.

Our Whistleblowing Policy aims to provide a procedure for individuals to raise concerns, to encourage them to feel confident that they may do so without fear of recrimination, and to reassure them that their concerns will be properly investigated.

Potential areas of concern may include:

  • Any unlawful act, whether criminal (e.g. theft)  or breach of civil law;
  • Danger to health and safety;
  • Unauthorised use of public funds;
  • Possible fraud and corruption.

Raising a concern

Do you know of (or have good reason to suspect) fraudulent or corrupt activity involving the Council, its employees, Councillors or agents? If so, please do something about it today.

If your concern relates to a Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction Scheme claim, please visit our Benefit Fraud page for details on how to report the fraud.

To report any other type of fraud, corruption or malpractice, you can raise the matter by phoning the Council on 01424 787000 and asking for one of the Designated Officers listed below:

  • Malcolm Johnston, Executive Director
  • Dr Anthony Leonard, Executive Director
  • Gary Angell, Audit Manager
  • Robin Vennard, Assistant Director Resources (Section 151 Officer)
  • Lisa Cooper, Democratic Services Manager (Monitoring Officer)

Alternatively, concerns may be reported to the Audit Manager direct. This may be done using one of the following methods:

  • Online: By completing a Whistleblowing Form
  • By email: By sending a message to audit@rother.gov.uk
  • By telephone: By calling the Fraud Hotline on 01424 787799
  • By post: By writing to the Audit Manager at Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX

All Whistleblowing Forms and email messages are delivered direct to the Audit Manager and are only accessible by this officer. Similarly, all calls (and voicemail messages) received on the Fraud Hotline can only be answered (or accessed in the case of a message) by the Audit Manager.

All information received by the Audit Manager will be handled in the strictest confidence but you may still raise your concerns anonymously if you prefer.

In the event that the Audit Manager is absent for any sustained period of time (e.g. annual leave of more than 72 hours) then one of the Designated Officers listed above will be given secure access to any messages received.

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