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Fraud and crime prevention

Data Matching

Computerised data matching and analytics allows potentially fraudulent claims, transactions, applications and payments to be identified. Where a match is found and two or more records have contradictory or conflicting information, the inconsistency will require further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out. Regardless, the data matching process is a proven way of helping to ensure that records are up to date and accurate.

Prevention and Detection of Crime

Camden Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers from the following services:

  • Council employee Payroll
  • Council employee Pensions
  • Electoral Register
  • Housing
  • Transport passes, including residents’ parking blue badges
  • Insurance Claimants
  • Housing and Council Tax Benefits
  • Licenses, e.g. market trader/ operator, and (new) personal licenses to supply alcohol
  • Council Tax
  • Leisure
  • Property (Planning, Business Rates)
  • Libraries
  • School admissions

We process and share the information provided to us to prevent and/or detect potential fraud and crime, by both conducting our own Data Matching as well as sharing this information with other public bodies, such as: the Department for Work and Pensions, other Local Authorities, HM Revenues and Customs and the Police where required to be disclosed under Sections 29 and 35 of the Data Protection Act 1998 or as from May 2018 the relevant exemptions concerning ‘crime and taxation’ and ‘Information required to be disclosed by law etc or in connections with legal proceedings’ set out in Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Councils approach to the prevention and detection of fraud is detailed in the Councils Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy, specifically section 4 “Managing and Preventing the Risk of Fraud and Corruption”.

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI)

The Cabinet Office currently requires Camden Council to participate in the National Fraud Initiative. It is a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. The NFI was previously overseen by the Audit Commission.

We are legally required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in their guidance, which can be found at: NFI guidance.

Under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the consent of the individuals concerned is not required under the Data Protection Act in a data matching exercise. Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

As a participant in the NFI, the Council has a nominated Key Contact responsible for ensuring the Council complies with the NFI Code of Data Matching Practice.

For further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, please refer to the NFI website.

For further information about data matching at Camden Council please contact the Information Access Team at dpa@camden.gov.uk

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