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Public sector fraud during and after pandemic: How to understand the new risks

Tue 31st Aug 2021

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This webinar will focus on the new risks of public sector fraud which have emerged during pandemic. It will consider evidence and insight from what has been seen during the pandemic period, discuss potential vulnerabilities and how to deploy best practice to remain alert to unfolding challenges and reflect upon the nature of non-pandemic related fraud during and beyond pandemic.

All of society has been impacted by Covid-19 and for some the epidemic has presented new criminal opportunity. Fraud - in and associated with the public sector - is a permanent challenge to both the integrity of public finances and to the delivery of public services of the highest standard. Recognised longer term fraud risks remain to be fought. Meanwhile new risks have emerged as systems, practices and public resources were adapted and reshaped to focus on trying to prevent and eradicate the threat of coronavirus.

Those new fraud issues which emerged during pandemic have not gone away. Extended home working and the prospect of semi-permanent changes to working practice present further challenges and it is important to remain alive to the evolving nature of new risk in as close to real time as possible.

Anne Cairns and Barry Moncur will speak on emerging fraud risks for the Scottish public sector as bodies seek to deliver services for individuals, communities and businesses in an extremely difficult time. They will consider the most recent evidence from the National Fraud Initiative and its efforts to tackle fraud and error in Scotland. They will also assess challenges suggested by identified risks in case studies and in particular relating to procurement.

Key points

  • What risks have emerged during coronavirus?
  • What does the National Fraud Initiative tell us about trends in non-pandemic related fraud?
  • What can be highlighted as identifiable risks, particularly in procurement, in the most recent case studies?
  • What are the challenges for organisations of meeting both new and emerging risks and maintaining a good general state of fraud awareness in the context of sustained changes to working patterns and working practices?


Lynn Bradley

Board Member, Revenue Scotland; and Lecturer in Public Sector Finance, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Anne Cairns

Manager, Audit Scotland

Barry Moncur

Corporate Fraud Team Leader, East Dunbartonshire Council

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Interesting and informative.

John Keenan, Construction Industry Training Board,
Scottish Capital Investment and Infrastructure