We are required by law to protect the public funds that we administer. We may share information given to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public money to help prevent and detect fraud.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one organisation against other computer records held by the same, or another organisation, to see how far they match. This is usually personal information.
Data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may highlight an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud until an investigation is carried out.
We currently match data from the following systems:
We also share some or all of this data with external bodies such as the Cabinet Office, HMRC and DWP so they may undertake data matching exercises on a national scale.
All use of data is in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.