Tackling Fraud and Error: Prevention, Detection and Disruption

This briefing will examine how to prevent, tackle, reduce and mitigate the impact of fraudulent activity and incorrect payments.

Protecting resources by combatting fraud and error

  • £40.4 billion - the cost of fraud to the UK public sector 
  • £2.42 billion - estimated amount of benefits and tax credits fraud
  • £2.3 billion - Charities' loses a year to fraud

Source: Annual Fraud Indicator 2017

The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee reported in 2017 that more needs to be done to prevent criminals and fraudsters cheating the public purse.

With increasingly challenging finances, it’s essential that all stakeholders maximise efforts to tackle fraud and error.

Coming three years after the Scottish Government’s national fraud and error strategy, this briefing is a timely opportunity to consider progress made, good practice and priorities for improvement in fraud and error.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Priorities for improvement - the national fraud and error strategy, three years on
  • Delivering on deterrence, prevention, detection and disruption
  • Strategies to tackle and prevent fraud and error
  • Sharing, accessing and utilising data across organisations and sectors to combat fraud
  • Improving integration partnership working and collaboration
  • Strengthening frameworks, internal controls, processes and escalation procedures
  • Increasing awareness and taking a whole-organisation approach
  • Good practice in fraud risk management

Who will benefit from attending?

The event will be of benefit to anyone with an interest in preventing, detecting and minimising fraud and error. Delegates are likely to come from backgrounds, including: finance, fraud, governance, assurance, audit, housing, procurement and welfare.

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Kate Connor, Director, Kate Connor Consulting  

10:05 Session 1: Next Steps for Tackling Fraud and Error

  • Up-to-date brief on developments in fraud and error
  • Policy priorities for combatting fraudulent activity and mistakes
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress of the national fraud and error strategy 2015

10:05 Detective Inspector Gordon Burns, Economic Crime Unit, Police Scotland

10:25 National Fraud Initiative

Anne Cairns, Professional Support Manager, Audit Scotland​

10:45 Mark Cheeseman, Deputy Director - Public Sector Fraud and Error,​ Cabinet Office​

11:10 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:50 Session 2: Detection and Prevention

  • Delivering on deterrence, prevention, detection and disruption
  • Strategies to tackle and prevent fraud and error
  • Increasing awareness and taking a whole-organisation approach

11:50 Mike Haley, Deputy Chief Executive, Cifas

12:10 Tackling Fraud: Prevention and Deterrence

  • Strategic approach to preventing fraud and error
  • Delivering on deterrence and prevention
  • Increasing awareness
  • Taking a whole-organisation approach

Fraser Paterson, National Counter Fraud Manager – Prevention, NHS National Services Scotland

12:30 Les Dobie, Head of Counter Fraud Training, CIPFA

12:55 Questions and Discussion

13:10 Lunch and Networking

13:40 Session 3: Countering and Managing Risks

  • Sharing, accessing and utilising data across organisations and sectors to combat fraud
  • Improving integration partnership working and collaboration
  • Strengthening frameworks, internal controls, processes and escalation procedures
  • Good practice in fraud risk management

13:40 The Evolving Role of Technology in Detecting Fraud, Abuse and Error

  • PwC Global Economic Crime Survey 2018 highlights
  • Technology’s role in traditional fraud detection methods
  • Detecting new and suspect behaviours using analytics
  • Putting it into practice 

Clare Kennedy, Director, PwC​

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Summary by the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

NASUWT, The Mews, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
3 May 2018

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