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; as a result, we may share information in order to prevent and detect fraud. This includes taking part in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercise every 2 years.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against those held by the same or another body. Data matching allows fraudulent claims and payments to be identified.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative, which is a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. The Cabinet Office requires us to provide information to the Cabinet Office, as detailed on the National Fraud Initiative website.

Data supplied can include the following areas:

  • 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)

The Cabinet Office carries out the NFI data matching exercise under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned. Data is securely managed throughout the process and data matching is subject to a Code of Practice.

For further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, please visit the Cabinet Office’s Fair Processing pages or contact:

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