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St Helens Council is required to participate in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) which is a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.
The exercise is carried out by the Cabinet Office using powers bestowed on the Minister for the Cabinet Office by Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
In order to participate in the exercise, we are required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against computer records held by the same body, 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 a fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
Code of Data Matching Practice
The exercise is conducted in accordance with the Code of Data Matching Practice which is subject to review following completion of each exercise. Any changes proposed to the code will be consulted upon before a new code is finalised and laid before Parliament.
How your data is used
The Cabinet Office has published a Privacy Notice providing further information about the exercise and your rights.