A case study of the anti-fraud and corruption culture in Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Heatherington, Charlotte A. (2010) A case study of the anti-fraud and corruption culture in Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The overall aim of this dissertation is to establish whether an anti-fraud and corruption culture exists within Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC) and whether it is seen as effective by its employees. The study of existing literature has identified the need for this current study as there is little written about anti-fraud cultures within the public sector and specifically Local Government. There has been no previous research into the effectiveness of the anti-fraud culture in Local Government, and in particular KMBC. Furthermore, it was not known at the start of this research whether such a culture existed. The primary research consists of a survey sent to 194 employees selected from across the Council. The survey was completed by following a link on the Council’s Intranet site and was anonymous. There were 107 respondents. It is evident that an anti-fraud and corruption culture exists in KMBC. The research shows that the majority of employees believed that the Council had made a clear commitment to fight fraud and corruption with 75% of employees acknowledging their responsibility as employees to prevent and detect misconduct, fraud and corruption. However, less than half of KMBC employees believe that adequate resources are allocated to fighting fraud and corruption, plus issues have been identified regarding fraud awareness training. The researcher also carried out analysis on the number of occasions the Counter Fraud Strategy had been viewed on the intranet site prior to and after the survey being distributed, and held a discussion with 20 employees in order to evaluate KMBC Counter Fraud Strategy. This dissertation puts forward a strategy in the form of recommendations to further strengthen the anti-fraud and corruption culture and the Counter Fraud Strategy within KMBC.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/928

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