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East Devon District Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises. This involves comparing computer records held by one organisation against other computer records held by the same or another, 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 indicates that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation.

We do not make any assumption as to whether there is fraud, error or another explanation. An investigation will be carried out.

The Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in data matching exercises for the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide data to the Cabinet Office for matching, and these are set out in National Fraud Initiative: public sector data requirements.

The use of this data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. 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.

Further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information can be found on Personal data processing: fair processing notice.

National Audit Office appoints an auditor to audit our accounts.