Data matching

Councils are required by law to protect the public funds they administer.

This Council shares information provided to it, with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds. This is done to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of this authority. It is also 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 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 may indicate 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 Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. The Cabinet Office requires this authority to provide information it holds for this purpose. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise and these are set out in the Cabinet Office's guidance. More information on this can be found by visiting:  Cabinet Office: National fraud initiative .

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in 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. For more information on this Code of Practice, visit:  Data Matching:Code of Conduct .

For information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and reasons why it matches particular information, visit:  Fair Processing Notices .

For further information on Data Matching at Calderdale Council, contact Bob Wright (National Fraud Initiative key contact), by phone: 01422 393593.