Preventing fraud by matching data with other organisations

National Fraud Initiative and Data Matching

The law requires us to protect the public funds we administer. So, we may share information to prevent and detect fraud.

We take part in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercise every 2 years.

This involves comparing computer records held within organisations and by different organisations. Data matching allows us to identify fraudulent claims and payments.

Data we supply to the Cabinet Office can include:

  • payroll
  • pensions
  • trade creditor standing data and payment history
  • private supported care home residents
  • insurance claimants
  • transport passes and permits (including residents’ parking, blue badges and concessionary travel)
  • Personal Budget (Direct Payments)

You can find out more information on the National Fraud Initiative website.

Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 allows the Cabinet Office to carry out data matching. It does not need the consent of the individuals concerned. Data is processed securely and subject to a Code of Practice.

You can find more information on the Cabinet Office’s Fair Processing pages or contact:

Head of NFI
Red Zone, 4th Floor
1 Horse Guards Road
London, SW1 2HQ


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