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Finance and Business

National Fraud Initiative (NFI)

Pembrokeshire County Council will be taking part in the National Fraud Initiative 2018-19

As a public authority we are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. 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 Auditor General is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises under its powers under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows 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 Auditor General currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. The Auditor General requires this authority to provide information it holds for this purpose. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Auditor General for data matching.  Details are set out on the Wales Audit Office website.

As the use of data by the Auditor General in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority (Part 3A of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004), it does not require consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 2018.

Data matching by the Auditor General is subject to a Code of Practice. This is to help all bodies involved in data matching comply with the law and good practice, including maintaining data securely (see Wales Audit Office website).

For further information the Auditor General’s legal powers and the reasons why he matches particular information see Wales Audit Office Privacy Notices or contact Jo Hendy (Chief Audit, Risk & Information Officer) on 01437 776213 / or Charlotte Hodges (Internal Audit Team Leader) on 01437 775899 /  

ID: 530, revised 28/01/2020