National Fraud Initiative

Northamptonshire County Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We will share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

Preventing and detecting fraud

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative – a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise.

We are legally required to protect the public funds we administer. The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the protection legislation or the GDPR.

Data matching

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against similar records held by the council or another body to see how far they match. This usually includes 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 fraud, error or another explanation is responsible until an investigation is carried out.

The use of data by the Cabinet office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. 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. The Commission also publishes its legal powers and its reasoning for matching particular information.

National Fraud Initiative privacy notice

To find out more on how the NFI will use your personal data, and your data protection rights, please see the NFI privacy notice.