Fraud and errors totalling £15.3 million were identified since the last report in 2018. This figure includes an estimate for prevented future losses.
Fiona Kordiak, Director of Audit Services said: "These results demonstrate the value of data-matching to Scotland's public finances at a time when Covid-19 has put budgets under intense pressure.
"The pandemic has also brought additional fraud risks that will be important for public bodies to identify and manage. Many staff are working remotely under extreme pressure which makes good governance and sound controls more important than ever."
National Fraud Initiative 2018/19
The Committee took evidence from Audit Scotland.
Please read the Official Report of 3 September 2020.
Meeting papers for 3 September 2020.
Minutes of 3 September 2020.
Correspondence from Fiona Kordiak, Director of Audit Services, Audit Scotland to Acting Convener, 8 October 2020 (129KB pdf)
The Committee agreed at its meeting on the 29 October 2020 to close its scrutiny of the report.