Audit Commission 2010

What is the National Fraud Initiative (NF I)?

The NFI is the Audit Commission's data-matching exercise that takes data from a range of public bodies, analyses it and cross-checks it, to detect fraudulent and erroneous payments from the public purse. We are required under Section 6 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 to participate in the NFI.

What information will be given?

Where relevant, the following data will be collected by the Audit Commission:

  • Employee reference number
  • Title or gender
  • Surname and forename
  • Home address
  • Date of birth
  • Date started pension
  • Date employment ended
  • Leaver indicator
  • Pensioner's widow indicator
  • National Insurance number
  • Gross pay to date so far this year (October 2010)
  • Date last paid

What happens with our information?

The data we provide is cross-checked with data supplied by other public bodies to see if there are any anomalies that might indicate fraud. For example, the data will show if someone is in receipt of a payment that only an unemployed person can claim, or in receipt of pension when other records indicate that the person is deceased.

What if I don't want my details to be given? Am I protected by the Data Protection Act (DPA)?

It's a legal requirement, and this is allowed for by the DPA. The Audit Commission obviously needs to comply with the DPA in its use of the data.

Further information on the NFI process can be obtained on the Audit Commission's website.

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