Audit Commission: 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.
The Audit Commission appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of this authority. It is also 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. This is usually personal information. Computer data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates 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 Audit Commission currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Audit Commission for matching for each exercise and these are set out in the Audit Commission's handbooks which can be found at www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nfi
The use of data by the Audit Commission 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 terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a code of practice. This may be found at NFI Code of Practice
Further information on the Audit Commission's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information can also be found on the Audit Commission's NFI website
or by contacting the Head of NFI on 0844 798 2222 or be email at firstname.lastname@example.org