The National Fraud Initiative and Data Matching
The City of Doncaster Council 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, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud and error and may match your data internally for the same purpose. This page gives further information and serves as the Council's notice to residents and customers about how we use your data.
Fair Processing Notice
As part of the National Fraud Initiative, the Council is required to publish this notice about how and why we use your personal data for fraud and error detection.
The National Fraud Initiative (NFI)
What is data matching?
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. Data matches are distributed to the City of Doncaster Council for investigation wherever a match is detected. The results of all of this work, is annual published in our Transparency web pages and is published also by the Cabinet Office.
Why do we do data matching?
The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise 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 2018. Further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information can be found on their website using the link above.
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a code of practice. The Cabinet Office - Code of Practice on Data Matching
Other fraud prevention and detection work
The overall objective of the Council’s Anti-Fraud, Corruption and Bribery Framework is to discourage and prevent incidents from occurring and ensure any instances are investigated and dealt with effectively in accordance with relevant policies and procedures. This will include a programme of proactive counter-fraud work, including testing of Council transactions / activity in areas at risk of fraud in order to provide levels of assurance on processes in place. The Council may therefore periodically undertake its own data matching exercises which will conform to the same principles as outlined in the Code of Practice for NFI data matching exercises.
We may also share and supply information to law enforcement agencies, credit reference agencies, Government departments and other external bodies for the prevention and detection of fraud.
We do not require the consent of individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 2018 for this purpose.
For further information on data matching at this authority contact Nicola Frost-Wilson, Internal Audit Manager on 01302 862931 or by searching on the government's website on the National Fraud Initiative pages.
Full information on the National Fraud Initiative Privacy Notice is available here: NFI Fair Processing Notice
- Cabinet Office Website
- Cabinet Office - Code of Practice on Data Matching
- Data Protection
- Freedom of Information
- The Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Framework
- NFI Fair Processing Notice
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