Anti -Money Laundering Policy June 2021
1. Introduction and scope
1.1 This policy explains what money laundering is and the legal and regulative framework that is in place to govern it. It also specifies the processes the Council needs to put in place to ensure that it does all it can to prevent the Council and its employees being exposed to money laundering and so ensure that the Council complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
1.2 Although local authorities are not directly covered by the requirements of The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017, guidance from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy ("CIPFA") indicates that they should comply with the underlying spirit of the legislation and regulations
1.3 Chorley Borough Council is committed to establishing and maintaining effective arrangements to prevent and detect attempts to launder money using Council services. The Council requires all Members and employees to demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and integrity and this includes compliance with appropriate legislation. The Council is committed to working constructively with the Police and other relevant agencies in relation to combating money laundering and ensuring compliance with the legislation.
1.4 This policy should be read in conjunction with the Council's Whistle-blowing Policy, Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy and the Anti-Bribery Policy. The Council will seek to ensure the corporate stance on money laundering is widely publicised and that employees and Members have access to the appropriate guidance. A breach of these procedures may lead to disciplinary and/or criminal action being taken.
Scope of the policy
1.5 This policy applies to all officers and elected members of the Council and aims to maintain the high standards of conduct that currently exist in the Council by preventing criminal activity through money laundering. The policy sets out the procedures which must be followed to enable the Council to comply with its legal obligations. Within this policy the term employees refers to all employees and elected members. For the sake of clarity this definition will extend to casual employees and agency staff. Further the Council will ensure that its partners and all companies that it is in contract with will be fully informed of the procedures we have in place to combat money laundering.
1.6 Anti-money laundering legislation places responsibility upon employees to combat money laundering and covers a very wide area of financial transactions, including possessing, or in any way dealing with, or concealing, the proceeds of any crime. It applies to all employees involved with monetary transactions.