Finance and Business

National Fraud Initiative (NFI)

Pembrokeshire County Council will be taking part in the National Fraud Initiative for 2016/17

The Auditor General for Wales, under his powers, requires Pembrokeshire County Council to participate in the National Fraud Initiative for 2016/17. Pembrokeshire County 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 Auditor General for Wales appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of Pembrokeshire County Council. He is also empowered and 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 fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is a fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

Why does Pembrokeshire County Council have to share data for data matching?

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 Council, under his statutory data matching powers in Part 3A of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004, to provide information it holds for this purpose. We are required to provide, where we can, particular sets of data to the Auditor General for matching for each exercise and includes for example the likes of housing benefit, passes and permits such as blue badges, payroll, licences and private supported care home residents. The full list and details are set out within the what we do Section on the Wales Audit Office website.

Use of Data

The use of data by the Auditor General in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under powers in Part 3A of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Auditor General is subject to a Code of Practice.

More Information

For further information on the Auditor General's legal powers and the reasons why he matches particular information, please see the main Hyperlink cannot be resolved(welshauditoffice) and navigate or search the site. Alternatively, please use the specific links identified above or contact: David Rees, NFI Manager, Wales Audit Office, 24 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LJ (Tel: 029 2032 0561) or email

For further information about the data provided or work undertaken by Pembrokeshire County Council please contact Jo Hendy (Governance, Assurance & Information Manager) on 01437 776213 / or Charlotte Hodges (Internal Audit Team Leader) on 01437 775899 or


ID: 530, revised 18/08/2017