NFI Fair Processing Notice
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 Audit Commission appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of this authority.
It 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 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 that 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 on their website using the link below.
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. This
can be found on the second link to the Audit Commission website listed below.
For more information on the Audit Commission’s legal powers and the reasons
why it matches particular information, see the third link to their website below.
Date Updated: 13/12/13