NFI - Data Matching

National Fraud Initiative - Data Matching

Barrow Borough Council 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, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

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.  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.

Barrow Borough Council participates in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.  This requires the provision of particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.

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.  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.

The Council's privacy notification is available here.

View further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information. For further information on data matching at this authority contact:

The Data Protection Officer,
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council,
Town Hall,
Duke Street,
LA14 2LD


The Council is required to participate in the Data Matching exercise and supply the following datasets:

  • Payroll

  • Trade Creditors' payment history and Trade Creditors' standing data
  • Housing Tenancies    
  • Right to Buy
  • Housing Benefits
  • Council Tax 
  • Electoral register 
  • Residents' Parking Permits
  • Insurance Claimants
  • Licences - Market Traders, Taxi Driver and (new) Personal Licences to supply alcohol