Fair processing notice - National Fraud Initiative 2012

Since 1996 the Audit Commission has been operating the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), an exercise that matches electronic data held within and between audited public bodies to prevent and defect fraud. This has resulted in the detection of in-excess of £929million of fraud and over-payments since that date.

As managing agents on behalf of Lambeth Council, we are required by law to take part in the 2012 National Fraud Initiative as we are required to protect the public funds that we administer. We are also required to notify you that we are doing so, as by taking part in this initiative we are required to share information that you have provided to us in relation to your tenancy with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Audit Commission is responsible for carrying out this data matching exercise. This involves the comparing of computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching in this way allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified.

The Audit Commission currently 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 and these are set out in the Audit Commission’s guidance, which can be found at www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nfi.

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. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice. This may be found at www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nfi/pages/codeofdatamatchingpractice.aspx.

For further information on the Audit Commission’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, please visit www.audit-commission.gov.uk/fairprocessing.