National fraud initiative
This authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that 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 Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in a secure data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. The Cabinet Office requires this authority to provide information it holds for this purpose. We are required to securely provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise.
The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998. Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.
Further information on the National Fraud Initiative can be found on the Gov.UK website . For further information on data matching at Allerdale Borough Council contact the Assurance Risk and Audit Department.