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National Fraud Initiative - Helping Tackle Fraud
Like other public organisations, Nottingham City Council has a duty to protect the public funds it administers. To help do this, and working with the Audit Commission (an independent public body responsible for making sure public money is spent responsibly), the Council may use personal information customers give it, to help prevent and detect crime including fraud. Both organisations comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Legislation and the Code of Data Matching Practice 2008.
Since 1996 the Audit Commission has carried out the National Fraud Initiative, a data matching exercise which takes data from health, local government and many public sector providers, in areas including payroll, housing benefit and rents, council tax, pensions and the electoral register. The information is then cross matched to identify inaccuracies or potential fraud, so that fraud can be reduced and public funds protected.
So far the National Fraud Initiative has identified £939 million in fraud or error. In 2010/11 it helped trace almost £229 million in fraud, error and overpayments in England.
For more information go to the Fraud page of the Audit Commission website, the National Fraud Initiative page on the City Council website or contact Rob Smith on 0115-8764234, email firstname.lastname@example.org