We are required by law to protect the public funds that we administer.

To prevent and detect fraud, we may share information provided to us with other organisations responsible for:

  • auditing
  • administering public funds
  • undertaking a public function

Data matching compares computer records held by one organisation against those held by the same or another organisation to see how far they match. This is usually personal information.

If a match is found then further investigation may be needed. No assumption of fraud or other explanation can be made until an investigation is completed.

We also provide certain data sets to the Cabinet Office as part of the National Fraud Initiative. This 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 data protection legislation.

For details of how we use and protect your information read our privacy notice.

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