We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises. We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative.
This involves comparing computer records of personal information held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body. The purpose of this exercise is to see how far any records match.
The matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office requires us to provide particular sets of data to them for matching for each exercise.
The use of data in this way is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force in May 2018 provides details on your privacy and legal rights with regards to the Nation Fraud initiative.
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.
If you have any queries about data matching or wish to report suspected fraud, please contact us using the details below.