National Fraud Initiative - data specific purposes

Enfield Council has a duty to protect the public funds we administer.

To help do this, and to prevent and detect fraud, we share information with the Cabinet Office, who is responsible for carrying out the National Fraud Initiative data matching exercise.

Data matching

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 potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. If a match is found, it may show that there is an inconsistency which needs to be investigated. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out. Matching also helps to keep records up to date and accurate.

Types of data provided by Enfield Council for this purpose may include:

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Please note this doesn't require the consent of the individuals concerned under the GDPR and the DPA 2018.

See the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative for more information, including their National Fraud Initiative data privacy notice and code of practice.

If you have any questions about this exercise, contact our Counter Fraud Team by emailing

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