On 2 July 2020, MHCLG published a review into the risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement. This was an output resulting from the commitment of the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017-2022.
Detection of fraud and corruption is always a priority but even more so now when massive public funds are being put into local economies to support local businesses and individuals (and indeed across the national economy).
The purpose of this webinar, in association with the Fraud Advisory Panel, is to hear from the author of the report Laura Hough who will set out what the key recommendations are and give an opportunity for listeners to ask questions live.
We will also hear from two leading counter-fraud specialists - Oliver Stopnitzky from the NHS who will explain what strategies the NHS are adopting in this context, and Rich Wentel from the Cabinet Office who will explain what post payment assurance procedures should be in place for payments made under the Cabinet Office issued Procurement Policy Note 02/20 – supplier relief due to Coronavirus.
Oliver StopnitzkyOliver is a senior fraud prevention officer at the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) where he leads their national work in preventing procurement fraud across the NHS. Oliver is an advocate to creating the right organisational culture in order to tackle fraud and corruption effectively. Before working at the NHSCFA, Oliver worked as a Technical and Development Advisory at CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre and previously at the Fraud Advisory Panel.
Laura Hough Laura led the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s recent review into the risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement. She specialises in forensic investigations and counter fraud within BDO LLP’s international institutions and donor assurance (IIDA) team. Laura was previously head of counter fraud policy and strategy at CIPFA and has worked in the fraud and financial crime arena since 2007, across the private sector, not-for-profit, the public sector, and the Financial Services Regulator. A forensic accountant by background, Laura is a chartered accountant and a counter fraud expert (ACFE).
Rich WentelCabinet Office
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