National Fraud Initiative

National Fraud Initiative

Data Matching Exercise – Fair Processing Notice

Brent Council are 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 or in order to prevent and detect fraud. 

The Cabinet Office are responsible for carrying out the 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. 

We participate in the Cabinet Offices National Fraud Initiative data matching exercises 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, as detailed on the GovUK website

The use of data by the Cabinet Officer in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit & Accountability Act 2014.  It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Data matching by the Cabinet Officer is subject to a Code of Practice.   

For further information please contact the Audit and Investigations Service on 020 8937 1265/1279 or email investigations@brent.gov.uk.