Fair Processing Notice 2012-13

Wirral Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Audit Commission appoints an auditor to audit the accounts of this authority. It is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

What is data matching?

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body. 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.

The Audit Commission requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Audit Commission for matching for each exercise.

More information about data matching and the National Fraud Initiative can be found on the Audit Commission website.

Data protection

The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998, and complies fully with the Data Protection Act 1998.

For further information

For further information on the Audit Commission's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information is available on the Audit Commission website

If you do have any questions, you should contact Wirral Council's Deputy Chief Internal Auditor, on 0151 666 3432.