The national media are today reporting on the National Fraud Authority’s (NFA) estimation of the cost of fraud in the UK. The NFA’s report found that fraud costs the UK £30bn a year, equating to £621 per adult. £17bn (58%) of the losses are attributed to the public sector. This figure highlights the growing need for investigation departments to work more efficiently in identifying and invetsigating cases of fraud. With the budgets of Local Authorities set to come under sever pressure over the next few years, it is imperative that they adopt better procedures and new technology to prevent the level of fraud from increasing.