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Government Fraud Report

Why does HM Treasury no longer publish The Fraud Report?




  • Does a different Government Department now have responsibility for publishing The Fraud Report?
  • Why does HM Treasury no longer publish The Fraud Report?


The National Fraud Authority (NFA) was launched In October 2008 and one of their responsibilities is to collect fraud intelligence from both public sector and private sector bodies, and to publish an Annual Fraud Indicator. 

Find out more about the NFA on their website

The decision to discontinue Treasury’s production of the Fraud Report was explained to departments when the last fraud report was issued under cover of a Dear Accounting Officer (DAO) letter (03/09).  Paragraph 5 on the future of the Report explained:

This is the last edition of the Fraud Report. It has served its purpose in raising fraud awareness; the risk management agenda has resulted in better fraud-risk management in the Government sector. This seems a good time for the Treasury to withdraw, reducing the burden on departments, as the National Fraud Authority begins to build and share knowledge about fraud in central government, including establishing a Measurement and Analysis Unit to record fraud losses across the UK economy.

The series of DAO letters is available in the public spending and reporting section of our website, under governance and risk management.