Reporting Fraud & Corruption

Inverclyde Council considers that it has a duty to protect itself and the public from fraud and corruption and is committed to the rigorous maintenance of a strategy for prevention and detection.

Our aim is to adopt a corporate approach to fighting fraud and corruption, thereby protecting the public purse. The Council is committed to making sure that the opportunity for fraud and corruption is minimised and adopts a 'Zero Tolerance' approach to this.

The prevention or detection of fraud and the protection of the public purse are responsibilities of everyone, both internal and external. The Council strives to improve governance and encourage employees, elected Members and the public to be vigilant in the fight against fraud and corruption. Employees and elected Members are encouraged to engage and maintain a healthy sense of scepticism in relation to preventing and detecting fraud. The Council is committed to promoting and communicating its core values and integrity which are intrinsic to the Council in achieving their goals in combating fraud and corruption.

Some examples of Fraud & Corruption can be found below.

Fraud & Corruption Case Studies

Further Information:

Action Fraud is the UK's National Fraud and Cyber Crime reporting centre. Action Fraud provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and cyber crime. See link :

Housing Benefit Fraud

Housing Benefit Fraud is no longer investigated by Inverclyde Council, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) now investigate Housing Benefit Fraud.

If you wish to report Housing Benefit Fraud, the DWP can be contacted as follows:

Phone: DWP National Benefit Fraud helpline 0800 854 440 (textphone 0800 320 0512).
Write to: NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP
DWP Benefit Theft Website:

Internal Audit & Corporate Fraud

The Service includes a recently established and evolving Corporate Fraud Team, responsible for the detection and prevention of corporate fraud, including potential cases relating to Council Tax discounts/exemptions, Council Tax Reduction Scheme, Blue Badges, Non Domestic Rates, School/Nursery Placements, Procurement Fraud, Grants, Insurance and Licensing.

In addition, this can include the conduct of employees, councillors, contractors or a member of the public in relation to allegations of fraudulent, corrupt or dishonest behaviour.

Tel: 01475 712184

Please help us to fight fraud and corruption. If you have concerns over fraudulent or dishonest activities which concern Inverclyde Council, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

The more information you can give us, the more successful our investigations will be. Any information you give will be treated in the strictest confidence - you don't even need to tell us your name.

To report any cases of suspected fraud, corruption or irregularity click the 'Report Fraud' button below.