The Authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.
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 may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation.
National Fraud Initiative
We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative. This requires us to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching, as detailed here. The use of data for this data matching exercise is carried out with statuatory authority under part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.
You can view further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information.
If you have any questions you can contact Wirral Council's Chief Internal Auditor on 0151 666 3432.