Spring Statement 2022: Public Sector Fraud Authority established amid efforts to tackle government inefficiency

£48.8m funding over three years

James Baxter-Derrington
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An “Innovation Challenge” will also be launched across central government departments, in order to “crowdsource ideas for how government can operate more efficiently”.
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An “Innovation Challenge” will also be launched across central government departments, in order to “crowdsource ideas for how government can operate more efficiently”.

The UK Government is set to establish a new Public Sector Fraud Authority as part of a range of measures to “tackle waste and inefficiency across the public sector”.

These measures were revealed in the Spring Statement, although not as part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's address to MPs, and will see the government provide £48.8m of funding over three years. This will "enhance counter-fraud work" across the British Business Bank and the National Intelligence Service. The statement said the investment "enables government and enforcement agencies to step up their efforts to reduce fraud and error, bring fraudsters to justice, and will recover millions of pounds". Other measures included a further £12m investment in HMRC to "help prevent error and fra...

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