Anti-Money Laundering Policy


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1.0 Introduction

The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council ("The Council") is committed to the highest standards of openness, probity and accountability and has put in place appropriate and proportionate anti-money laundering safeguards and reporting arrangements.

The aim of this policy is to set out the procedures which must be followed where money laundering is suspected within the Council.

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2.0   Definition of money laundering

Money laundering is the illegal process of making large amounts of money, generated by criminal activity, appear to have come from a legitimate source.

The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 makes it an offence to:

  • conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove *criminal property from the UK


  • enter into or become concerned in an arrangement which you know or suspect facilitates the acquisition, retention, use or control of *criminal property by or on behalf of another person


  • acquire, use or have possession of *criminal property

*criminal property is defined in the Act as money, all forms of real estate or property, things in action and other intangible or incorporeal property

These primary offences carry a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

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3.0 Scope of the policy

This policy applies to all Council employees, whether permanent or temporary, and Members of the Council. Its aim is to enable Council employees and Members to respond to a concern which may arise within the course of their Council duties. Any concern, relating to a matter outside the Council, should be referred directly to the Police.

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4.0   Council obligations

Whilst Local Authorities are not directly covered by the requirements of the Money Laundering Regulations, there is the risk of reputational and/or financial loss. Guidance from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) suggests that public service organisations should comply with the underlying spirit of the legislation and regulations and as such the Council is committed to ensuring compliance as follows:

  • To appoint a money laundering reporting officer ("MLRO") to whom any suspicions of money laundering activity can be reported
  • Implement a procedure to enable the reporting of suspicions of money laundering
  • Maintain client identification procedures in certain circumstances
  • Maintain record keeping procedures

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5.0 The Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO)

This is the Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer) who has the ability to act upon reported cases. The deputy MLRO is the Head of Corporate Investigations, Information Governance & Complaints and the Head of Internal Audit.

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6.0 Reporting procedure for suspicions of money laundering

Where money laundering activity is suspected of taking/has taken place, this must be disclosed as soon as practicable to the MLRO using the disclosure report, attached at Appendix 1 to this policy. The disclosure report must include as much detail as possible including:

  • Full details of the people involved
  • Full details of the nature of their/your involvement
  • The types of money laundering activity involved
  • The dates of such activities
  • Whether the transactions have happened, are ongoing or are imminent
  • Where they took place
  • How they were undertaken
  • The (likely) amount of money/assets involved
  • The reasons for the suspicions
  • Any other available information to enable the MLRO to make a sound judgment as to whether there are reasonable grounds for knowledge or suspicion of money laundering and to enable a report to the National Crime Agency (NCA), where appropriate, to be prepared

Copies of any relevant supporting documentation must also be provided to the MLRO.

Once matter has been reported to the MLRO all subsequent directions from the MLRO must be followed no further enquiries into the matter should be made as any necessary investigation will be undertaken by the NCA.

All Council employees will be required to co-operate with the MLRO and any other bodies, as directed, during any subsequent money laundering investigation.

At no time and under no circumstances should suspicions be voiced to the person(s) suspected of money laundering, or reference made on any client file without the specific consent of the MLRO. Alerting an individual to the fact that a referral has been made or making reference to this on a client file, which the client may subsequently exercise their right to see, could result in the Council employee committing of an offence known as "tipping off".

The MLRO will keep the appropriate records in a confidential manner.

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7.0   Consideration of the disclosure by the Money Laundering Reporting Officer

Upon receipt of a disclosure report, the MLRO will note the date of receipt on the appropriate section of the report and acknowledge receipt of it within 3 working days.

The MLRO will consider the report and any other available internal information they think relevant, including undertaking other reasonable inquiries, to ensure that all available information is taken into account in deciding whether a report to the NCA is required.

Once the MLRO has evaluated the disclosure report and any other relevant information, they will make a timely determination as to whether:

  • there is actual or suspected money laundering taking place; or
  • there are reasonable grounds to know or suspect that is the case; and
  • whether they need to seek consent (in liaison with the Head of Corporate Investigations, Information Governance & Complaints) from the NCA for a particular transaction to proceed.

Where the MLRO concludes that there are no reasonable grounds to suspect money laundering then they will mark the report accordingly and give consent for any ongoing or imminent transaction(s) to proceed.

All disclosure reports referred to the MLRO and reports made by them to the NCA will be retained by the MLRO in a confidential file kept for that purpose, for a minimum of five years.

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8.0 Policy review

This policy will be reviewed bi-annually - Review Date - January 2025

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Appendix 1

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