During October, Lambeth Council will join up with other councils and public sector bodies across the United Kingdom in an exercise called the National Fraud Initiative.
The council is responsible for a budget of more than £1billion and works hard to make sure that public money is administered correctly and lawfully. Every two years in October, we are required to share information provided to us with other bodies as part of this national exercise led by The Audit Commission.
The National Fraud Initiative involves the Audit Commission data matching, this means that they compare computer records held by Lambeth Council against other computer records we hold and those of other public bodies, 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 indicates that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
For further information on the Audit Commission’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/fairprocessing