The council works with national and local organisations including police forces, the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, the UK Border Agency and the Home Office. It also works with other councils and with public sector led organisations such as the National Anti-Fraud Network, which about 90% of Local Authorities are members of, and LoCTA, which focuses on benefits and business rates fraud.
We provide information to the Cabinet Office for the National Fraud Initiative. This is a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud and the use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. We are required to take part and provide personal data to the Cabinet Office for data matching.
All bodies participating in the Cabinet Office’s data matching exercises receive a report of matches that they should investigate, so they can detect instances of fraud, over- or under-payments and other errors, to take remedial action and update their records accordingly.
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Data Matching Practice.
For further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information please refer to National Fraud Initiative Privacy Notice
The council participates in the Cifas National Fraud Database. Cifas is an independent, not-for profit company trusted by the UK government. It runs a national fraud prevention network where personal information from public and private sector organisations like local authorities, police, utility companies and banks is kept and shared. These organisations record and share details of internal and external fraud attempted against their business.
The information is stored in secure databases and Cifas members use this data and related intelligence in their processes for activities like verifying applications, preventing money laundering or screening staff.
More information can be found on the Cifas website.