National Fraud Initiative



As public bodies, Northamptonshire Commissioner Fire and Rescue
Authority, Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and
Northamptonshire Police are required to protect the funds they administer
and, as such, may share information with other bodies responsible for;
auditing or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public
function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

All three organisations separately participate in the Cabinet Office’s
National Fraud Initiative, a data matching exercise to assist in the
prevention and detection of fraud. They are required to provide particular
sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body
against other computer records held by the same or another body to see
how they compare. This is usually personal information. Computerised
data matching allows potentially 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 is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.
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.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.
Should you wish to know more information on this Fair Processing Privacy
Notice – please see the following link:

National Fraud Initiative privacy notice – GOV.UK (

The link also sets out the Cabinet Office legal powers and the reasons why
it matches particular information