From Kiev to Belfast

NI-CO recently played host to a delegation of senior public servants from Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance, Department for Humanitarian and Social Policy at the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and the Ministry of Social Policy.  The purpose of the visit was to acquaint the group with primary policy areas in combating fraud and corruption within the social protection system.

During the course of their 5 day itinerary, the delegation visited the Department of Social Development where they explored new strategic policy areas aimed at fraud prevention, detection, correction, punishment, and deterrence. Meetings with staff from the Social Security Agency, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Centre, Andersonstown Jobs and Benefits Office and Coleraine Jobs & Benefits Office also provided the group with a unique opportunity to meet social inspectors who are at the forefront in leading NI’s campaign to detect and combat EFC.  As well as receiving practical advice on the latest, innovative ways of fraud prevention, sanctions, and repayment of debts, experiences were also shared in the effective implementation of public awareness campaigns on EFC prevention and in the effective use of ICT in designing risk profiling tools and carrying out cross-checks.