Tell us if you are aware of or suspect any wrongdoing
The council is assuring its residents that it is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, honesty and accountability and has recently updated its Anti-Fraud and Corruption, Anti-Bribery and Whistleblowing policies. These are a clear set of systems and procedures to assist in combating the threat of fraud and corruption. These policies also provide protection for individuals who come forward to report issues.
Code of Conduct
There is an expectation that all individuals and organisations associated with the council will act with integrity. Elected members and employees are expected to lead by example. The council has a Code of Conduct which sets out the minimum standards of conduct and behaviours expected at work. However, occasionally some individuals will not meet the standards of this code.
Corporate Fraud Team
The council has a Corporate Fraud Team dedicated to investigating fraud and corruption. This consists of two accredited counter fraud specialist officers who work to support services in preventing and detecting fraud. This support includes providing anti-fraud training and advice, conducting enquiries on behalf of services and carrying out investigations.
Examples of wrongdoing
Examples of matters that can be reported to the team include: housing tenancy fraud,misappropriation of assets, theft, distorting or concealing both financial and non-financial information, misuse of council systems, falsifying records and bribery.
How to raise concerns
Members of the public and staff are positively encouraged to raise any concerns they may have by:
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Calling the Corporate Fraud Team on 0131 271 3572 /3573.
- Sending a confidential letter to the Internal Audit Manager at Midlothian Council, Fairfield House, 8 Lothian Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian. EH22 3AA.
- Filling out a form (anonymously if desired).
- Booking a confidential appointment with the Internal Audit Manager on 0131 271 3285
- If the concern is about an elected member the individual may wish instead to exercise their right to contact the Standards Commission.
John Blair, Midlothian Council’s Director of Resources said: “The council has a zero tolerance approach towards fraud and corruption. As outlined in our Anti-fraud and Corruption policy, we will not tolerate wrongdoing. If anyone whether they be a member of staff or a resident of the area has any concerns about illegal practices, any aspect of our operations, mismanagement of public funds or an individual’s conduct then they should report the matter to the council. They should also feel confident that we will carry out a thorough impartial investigation.”