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National Fraud Initiative

NHS Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

NHS Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. As such this organisation is required to take part in the National Fraud Initiative and the Data Matching Exercise.

Since 1 April 2015 the National Fraud Initiative has been conducted using the data matching powers bestowed on the Minister for the Cabinet Office by Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (LAAA). Previous exercises were conducted by the Audit Commission under Part IIA of the Audit Commission Act 1998.

Data matching involves comparing sets of data, such as the payroll or benefits records of a body, against other records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. The data is usually personal information. The data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We are required to provide particular sets of data for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in the guidance, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-data-matching-practice-for-national-fraud-initiative

The processing of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice. This may be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-data-matching-practice-for-national-fraud-initiative

For further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fair-processing-national-fraud-initiative/fair-processing-level-3-full-text.

For further information on data matching at this authority, please contact:

Michelle Iliffe
Director of Finance & Performance
NHS Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group
St John’s House
30 East Street
Leicester
LE1 6NB