National Fraud Initiative
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is required by law to protect the public funds it administers.
We may share information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, to prevent and detect fraud.
The Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative is a data matching exercise which assists in the prevention and detection of fraud.
They compare computer records held by one body against those held by the same or another body to see how they match. When they find a match, it may show an inconsistency which needs further investigation into whether there is fraud, an error or other explanation.
We provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office, usually personal information, for matching for each exercise. This allows them to identify potentially fraudulent claims and payments.
The Cabinet Office carry out the use of data with statutory authority, under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (Legislation website), and is subject to a Code of Practice (Gov.UK website). It does not need the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 2018.