Data sharing for fraud and error detection
National Fraud Initiative and Data Matching for the Prevention and Detection of Fraud and Error - Fair Processing Notice
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.
The National Fraud Initiative (NFI)
The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.
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.
Doncaster Council participates in every Cabinet Office National Fraud Initiative exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud and error and to protect the public purse. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed on the Cabinet Office website.
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. A link to this document appears below.
Further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information is available on the Cabinet Office website.
Other Fraud Prevention and Detection Work
The overall objective of Doncaster 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. Doncaster 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.
- Cabinet Office Website
- Cabinet Office - Code of Practice on Data Matching
- Data Protection
- Freedom of Information
- The Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Framework