Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Statement on Victims' Commissioner’s Latest Report on Fraud and its Impact

13th October 2021

New Victims' Commissioner report maps out victims of fraud and suggests who criminal justice agencies and support services should prioritise.

The findings come as the government is set to enhance Action Fraud with new systems and is set to publish its new fraud strategy.

In response to the latest publication, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire, Alison Lowe said:

“It is concerning to see the sheer scale at which fraud is occurring and how the COVID situation has been exploited, leading to a surge in cases.

“The pandemic itself exposed the socio-economic disparities that exist here within West Yorkshire and how vulnerable many are to this type of crime.

“We must scratch the surface to identify those who are disproportionately affected, so we can deliver the right support at the right time and in the right places.

“This report will give us the necessary insights and tools to influence the picture locally and I really welcome its publication.

“I would add that consultation on the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Plan is ongoing, including a survey running until 17th October 2021, which is available via our website.

“It is opportunity to help shape the police and partnership response to key public safety issues such as this.”

Those who have been affected by these issues can contact the Victims Referral and Local Support Service commissioned by the Mayor. Likewise, you can make a report by contacting Action Fraud.