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National Fraud Initiative fair processing notice

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

We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, to prevent and detect fraud.

The Audit Commission appoints the auditor to audit our accounts, and 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. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates 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 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 guidance, which can be found at

Audit Commission's guidance on National fraud

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 Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice. 

Code of Practice - data matching

Contact

0330 303 8870
Fax: 01706 924185

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Finance Services
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

01706 926100

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.

Fraud Team
Revenues and Benefits Service
PO Box 490
Rochdale OL16 9AJ