Paul Woodhead, Green Party Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Staffordshire has today signed up to the Cifas Fraud Manifesto and pledged to take up the fight against fraud if elected.

This is an important campaign and I am glad to support it. Fraud affects everyone in Staffordshire in some way – either victims of fraud, or through higher taxes and fees as a result of the huge losses which occur. Last year alone there were 3,901 cases of fraud in Staffordshire according to Cifas’ own figures.

Despite its impact, fraud victims are often treated differently to victims of other crimes. Even though banks or insurers absorb the cost of fraud, it still leads to higher fees or premiums for everyone. Similarly, if a charity loses money to fraud its reputation suffers and those who most need that money do not receive it.

I am very happy to support this campaign and help cut the cost of fraud.

The Cifas Fraud Manifesto has clear asks of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire:

  • Should make tackling fraud and cyber crime a priority area;
  • The Police Force should ensure that all new Police Officers have more detailed information on fraud and scams in their initial police training;
  • The Police Force should use their cadet force to raise awareness of fraud and cyber crime to younger people.

Cifas reports that in the last year alone, its member organisations reported 3,901 cases of fraud in Staffordshire.

Simon Dukes, Chief Executive of Cifas, said:

“Fraud is a duplicitous crime – thousands of people fall victim to it every day in Staffordshire, and fraudsters use the money they steal to fund further crime. Sadly, fraud is on the rise. Everyone from businesses, charities, Government and individuals is at risk of becoming a victim.

“That is why Cifas has put together the Fighting Fraud Manifesto and hopes the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire will act on these proposals and prevents further fraud.”

The Fraud Manifesto has been created by Cifas, a not for profit membership body which is dedicated to tackling fraud and financial crime.

About Cifas

Cifas aims to make the UK a safer place to do business, by enabling organisations in every sector to prevent fraud and protect the public through the sharing of confirmed fraud data.

Cifas is a not-for-profit organisation and has over 350 members spanning the public and private sectors. In 2015 alone, Cifas members prevented over £1 billion of avoidable fraud losses by using Cifas databases. Cifas also offers Protective Registration for individuals whose identities are at risk of being used fraudulently, for instance after a burglary.

In 2014, Cifas launched a new scheme called Protecting the Vulnerable. This service is offered free of charge to local authorities to protect those under the care of Court Deputies who are unable to access financial products and whose identities may be at risk.

Visit www.cifas.org.uk for more information.

You can find the full manifesto – https://www.cifas.org.uk/pcc_manifesto_asks