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National Fraud Initiative (NFI)

On 01 April 2015 responsibility for the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) passed from the Audit Commission to the Cabinet Office.  

NFI exercises use the powers given to the Minister for the Cabinet Office by Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.  

Code of Data Matching Practice

The existing Code of Data Matching Practice will continue in effect until the Minister for the Cabinet Office issues a new code.

The code is subject to review following completion of each NFI exercise.  Any changes proposed to the code will be consulted upon before a new code is finalised and laid before Parliament.

Data Matching Exercise

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out a data matching exercise.  In order to do this, we are required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office.  

We are required to participate in the data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.  

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.

Such exercises do not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.  For further information please contact our Data Protection Officer.