Fraud: Crime Prevention

Home Office written question – answered on 20th October 2021.

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Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Shadow Minister (Home Office), Deputy national campaign co-ordinator, Deputy National Campaign Co-ordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the 52 recommendations set out in the Government's Economic crime plan 2019 to 2022, published on 12 July 2019, how many of those recommendations his Department (a) has implemented, (b) is in the progress of implementing and (b) has not yet implemented and are overdue in line with the deadlines set in that plan.

Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Shadow Minister (Home Office), Deputy national campaign co-ordinator, Deputy National Campaign Co-ordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government is on course to complete all of the actions outlined in its Economic crime plan 2019-2022 by the deadlines set in that plan.

Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Shadow Minister (Home Office), Deputy national campaign co-ordinator, Deputy National Campaign Co-ordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the deliverables set out in the Government's Economic crime plan: statement of progress, published in April 2021, what progress her Department has made on (a) reviewing the national support provided to victims of fraud and (b) testing innovative approaches to improve that support.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

HMG are making significant progress delivering the Economic Crime Plan 2019-2022. Of the 52 actions, 24 actions are complete with a further 26 in progress expected to be delivered by their delivery dates which are set out in the Economic Crime Plan Statement of Progress published in May 2021.

There are 2 actions (17 and 29) that are currently forecast to be overdue against the planned delivery dates although there has been considerable progress on both actions. These are:

  • Action 17 (led by HM Treasury): HMG continues to consider the most proportionate response to this action and will be engaging industry in the coming months.
  • Action 29 Build our Government Counter Fraud Profession (led by Cabinet Office): The Profession continues to be developed and includes more than 6,800 members. A project is underway to open membership of the profession more widely, using a knowledge check to ensure that those wishing to join the Profession meet the standard. The Profession is creating a new awarding body, which will assess learning providers and approve their courses and qualifications, aligned to the Profession standards. New Professional Standards are being written for the Prevention discipline. A new programme of learning and development for senior counter fraud leads is being developed and will be piloted with a first cohort by the end of March 2022.

In collaboration with the Serious Fraud Office, the Home Office has established the Victims of Fraud Working Group, bringing together key stakeholders working with victims of fraud and cyber crime from across government, law enforcement, charities and voluntary organisations. This group met for the second time in September. The group is building a better understanding of the national fraud landscape to help understand a victim’s journey and how their needs can be met.

The Home Office is supporting National Trading Standards in the national rollout of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH). The hubs are in the process of being rolled out within England and Wales and will improve the quality of victim care available to local fraud victims by establishing a holistic multi-agency support service that listens to victims and works with them to address their immediate and longer-term needs.

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