Lincolnshire awarded £200,000 fraud-fighting fund

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A sum of £200,000 has been awarded to Lincolnshire to help tackle fraud.

The money from the Department for Communities and Local Government will be used to create the Lincolnshire Counter Fraud Partnership, bringing together experts from around the county to establish a joint fraud-fighting force.

Working closely together, the team will build upon local authorities’ counter fraud successes by sharing intelligence, investigative resource, and best practice.

Coun Marc Jones, executive member for finance and property at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The county council takes a zero tolerance approach to fraud and has a proven track record of recouping lost money.

“We’ve recovered over £1m in recent years – money that can be ploughed back into frontline services.

“And by joining forces with other local councils, we can make sure that we reduce fraud to an absolute minimum, protecting the public purse.”