Compliance and Anti Fraud Strategy 2019-2023

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Minister’s Foreword
I am delighted to present my Department’s new Compliance and Anti-Fraud Strategy 2019 – 2023. This strategy builds on the strong results from the previous Compliance and Anti-Fraud Strategy for the years 2014 to 2018, which are shown in Appendix 2. It ensures that a clear and strategic approach in preventing and detecting social welfare fraud and error underpins the work of the Department.

The overall aims of the new Strategy are:
- to prevent fraud and error entering the social welfare system;
- to discourage non-compliance with the social welfare system;
- to detect instances of suspected fraud and error as quickly as possible; and
- to have appropriate governance & oversight arrangements in place

It is generally accepted that the majority of people claim and receive payments to which they are legitimately entitled. In order to protect the integrity of the system and ensure that we continue to target available supports to those who need it most, it is essential to combat social welfare fraud and error. The strategic objectives give a clear focus to our approach in tackling fraud and non-compliance over the next 5 years. They should also give strong assurances Irish society generally, that the system of control that we operate is robust and effective.

Our approach is underpinned by a comprehensive implementation plan, which outlines how we intend to achieve our strategic objectives. Of course, we must remain alert to new and emerging forms of fraud, and so our approach remains flexible and dynamic in terms of how it is structured.

Finally, I would like to thank all the contributors to the consultation process which helped to create this strategy, including stakeholders bodies (NGOs) in the field of social protection, other Government departments and internal staff members from my own Department.

REGINA DOHERTY T.D., Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
August 2019
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