National Fraud Initiative Compliant Notice
Tandridge District Council 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, to prevent and detect fraud.
Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited 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 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.
The Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in the 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 Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise and these are set out in the Cabinet Office’s guidance, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-fraud-initiative.
The processing of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. 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. This may be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-data-matching-practice-for-national-fraud-initiative
For further information on the National Fraud Initiative and the reasons why it matches particular information, see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fair-processing-national-fraud-initiative
For further information about data matching at this Council contact our Data Protection Officer by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Government Transparency Code
Local councils must publish certain information set out in the Local Government Transparency Code 2015. Below is the information required in relation to fraud for the year ending 31 December 2015.
- Number of times the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud powers used – Nil
- Total number of absolute and full time employees investigating and prosecuting fraud – 0.8
- Total number of absolute and full time professionally accredited counter fraud specialists – 0.8
- Total amount spent by the authority on the investigation and prosecution of fraud – £37,162.11 (salary £35,446.11, fees £1588, typing £130.50)
- Total number of fraud cases investigated – 71
- Total number of cases of irregularity investigated – none
- Total number of occasions on which a) fraud was identified – 8 and b) irregularity was identified – N/a.
- Total monetary value of a) the fraud detected - £67,510.26 and b) the irregularity detected – N/a
- The total amount of a) the fraud recovered – £61646.09 and b) the irregularity recovered – N/a.