Data Matching – National Fraud Initiative
The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) involves securely comparing sets of electronic personal data held by one organisation against data held by the same or another public sector organisation to see how far they match, and to identify errors or potentially fraudulent claims and payments.
Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation, but no assumption is made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
The Council is under a legal duty to take part in order to protect public funds, and will provide certain categories of personal information to the NFI. The UK Cabinet Office administers the NFI on behalf of the Auditor General for Wales.
NFI has operated since 1996, and complies with a strict statutory Code of Practice that can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-data-matching-practice-for-national-fraud-initiative
Wales Audit Office also publishes information which can be found at http://www.audit.wales//about-us/national-fraud-initiative
You have a number of rights in relation to the information including the right of access to information we hold about you and the right of complaint if you are unhappy with the way your information is being processed.
For further information on how we process your information and your rights please click the following link:
Click here to view the full privacy notice (PDF)