Fraud privacy notice 2022

National fraud initiative - data matching exercise privacy notice

Under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, we are legally required to provide data to the Cabinet Office for the purposes of the National Fraud Initiative (NFI).

The information submitted will be used by the Cabinet Office to perform data matching exercises to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. The use of data in this way does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under data protection legislation or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The information submitted by us will be compared against data supplied from other sources and matches found will be referred back to the originating organisation to investigate further.

The main NFI exercise takes place every 2 years. The next data required will be supplied during October 2022 and will include personal details of individuals held by us for the following purposes:

  • issuing of taxi driver licences
  • administering trade creditor payments
  • administering insurance claims made against us
  • processing payroll (including our staff and councillors)
  • administering Local Authority Housing (including tenants, former tenants, housing waiting list and completed “right to buy” applications)
  • council tax reduction scheme administration

Information regarding our residents will also be supplied to the Cabinet Office for this exercise by other participating bodies, including Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Student Loan Company (SLC), Pension Schemes, Housing Associations and Disclosure of Death Registration Information (DDRI).

On an annual basis, the Cabinet Office also now undertakes data matching in respect of Council Tax single person discount entitlement with ourselves supplying council tax and electoral register data (next due in December 2022).

In 2020, the Cabinet Office advised that the scale of government COVID-19 emergency relief offered a significant opportunity for fraudsters. Additional data has therefore been required in 2021/22 to help ensure COVID-19 emergency relief funding was only accessed by those that are entitled, covering Business Rates and Grant Recipients.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please visit National Fraud Initiative or e-mail