This year, FCS took part in Fraud Fringe Events at the Labour, Conservative and SNP party conferences sharing the platform with CIFAS, Age UK, Trading Standards, Financial Fraud Action, BBA and the Insurance Fraud Bureau. We know how important and damaging fraud can be to our members. We also know that there is no universal quick fix but we hope that bringing our concerns directly to the policy-makers with the support of organisations like our Fraud Partners above, it can become a more proacive rather than simply reactive process.
Here are just some of the highlights...
Speakers: Toby Perkins - MP, Chi Onwurah - MP, Jack Dromey - MP, Mike Haley - Cifas, Caroline Abrahams - Age UK, Anthony Browne - British Bankers’ Association, Melissa Dring - Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Cathy Gerosa - Federation of Communication Services, Katy Worobec - Financial Fraud Action UK, Ben Fletcher - Insurance Fraud Bureau
Big Topics: Prevention is key to the solution; Importance of data sharing; Protecting vulnerable consumers.
Speakers: Minister Brandon Lewis - Policing and Fire Services, Simon Fell - Cifas, Jane Vass - Age UK Policy, Anthony Browne - British Bankers’ Association, Leon Livermore - Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Chris Pateman - Federation of Communication Services and Katy Worobec - Financial Fraud Action UK
Big Topics: Businesses need to take ownership of Cybersecurity; Teach 'cyber life skills'; Information obtained in order to commit fraud done so far too easily; Work together in smater ways.
Speakers: Melissa Dring - Chartered Trading Standard Institute, Angela Kitching - Age UK, Simon Dukes - Cifas, Michael Matheson MSP - Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Patricia Gibson - MP, Chris Pateman - Federation of Communications Services, Katy Worobec - Financial Fraud Action UK and Ben Fletcher - Insurance Fraud Bureau
Big Topics: Unknown scale and incidence of fraud; Education of consumers and businesses is vital; Impact of Brexit upon efforts to tackle fraud.
You can follow some of the debate as it happened by searching #FraudFringe (www.twitter.com)
Putting fraud under the political spotlight - Chris Patman
If you would like more information about the Fraud Fringe events of 2016 or how FCS is striving to make your voice heard, please contact the office directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7186 5432.