Ashford Borough Council’s Investigations team is at the forefront of using new technology to prevent and detect fraud.
The team is a leading partner in the Kent Intelligence Network (KIN). KIN is a Kent wide partnership between local authorities, which aims to reduce fraud and error to the minimum possible level, maximising income across the Kent economy.
The ‘Best Initiative in Combatting Fraud’ award was given at the 2019 Alarm Risk Awards, for the public and private partnership between KIN and Destin Solutions. KIN use the Destin HUB to successfully prevent and detect fraud in business rates.
The winning initiative proactively matches data to highlight suspicious discounts so councils can obtain financial savings and maximise collection rates.
The KIN was also shortlisted for the ‘best use of technology’ where we demonstrated that using technology helps identify, measure and manage risks with positive impacts to business and operational objectives.
Cllr Neil Bell, Portfolio Holder for Finance and IT, said: “It is important that the council can detect and prevent fraud, to ensure that the correct business rates are paid. This partnership is a vital part of that and it is great to be recognised for our role within it.”