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 Cabinet Office is 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.
Wyre Forest District Council participate in the Cabinet Office's 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 Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercises as detailed here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-fraud-initiative-public-sector-data-requirements
The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under 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 2018.
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice at
View further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/taking-part-in-national-fraud-initiative
For further information on data matching at this authority contact the Section 151 Officer on 01562 732928 or Audit Manager on 01562 732116
This privacy notice explains what information Wyre Forest District Council use as part of the mandatory National Fraud Initiative data matching exercise.
Safeguards are in place to ensure that the data is kept secure and the privacy of individuals protected. Wyre Forest District Council is the data controller for the personal information collected until it has been submitted to the Cabinet Office
As a participant of the national data matching exercise, the Cabinet Officer will forward a report of matches that require further investigation, to enable detection instances of fraud, over or under payments and other errors, to take remedial action and update records accordingly.
The information Wyre Forest District Council is required to submit as part of the data matching exercise is determined by the Cabinet Office, and currently the Council submit the following types:-
In accordance with data protection legislation, the Council are permitted to use your information in this way with a legal obligation to participate in this national exercise.
Should you require further information about how Wyre Forest District Council process your personal data please contact the Data Protection Officer DataProtection@wyreforestdc.gov.uk or visit the web site at http://www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/the-council/data-protection-and-privacy.aspx