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National Fraud Initiative 2016/17

National Fraud Initiative 2016/17

Clackmannanshire 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, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

On behalf of the Accounts Commission, Audit Scotland appoints auditors to examine the accounts of Clackmannanshire Council. Audit Scotland also assists appointed auditors by conducting a National Fraud Initiative. This Initiative is a data matching exercise to promote the proper use of public money

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body. This is usually personal information, which may include names, addresses and dates of birth. 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 is made as to whether there is fraud, error or any other explanation until an investigation is carried out. Indeed, most of the records matched raise no concerns at all.

Clackmannanshire Council has participated in the National Fraud Initiative since 2004 and the results have generally been successful.

The 2016/17 National Fraud Initiative started in October 2016 when Clackmannanshire Council provided all relevant data sets to Audit Scotland. The results of the data matching exercise will be made available by Audit Scotland in February 2017 and the Council will follow up matches where appropriate.

Many of the discrepancies found will simply be due to errors caused by incorrect information being held. Therefore to avoid unnecessary concern we encourage anyone who falls into the categories below to get in touch with the Council as soon as possible to ensure your details are correct and you are provided with the correct services or benefits. This is particularly important if your circumstances have recently changed.

The data provided to Audit Scotland by Clackmannanshire Council relates to:

  • Council employee payroll data including persons who may be in receipt of payment from both the Accounts
  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Payable system and the payroll system
  • Housing and Council Tax Benefit recipients
  • Tenants including applications under Right to Buy
  • Former tenants with arrears over £1,000
  • Transactions and Standing data for trade creditors
  • Transport passes and parking permits
  • Residents of private supported care homes
  • Personal injury insurance claimants
  • Taxi licence holders
  • Market trader licence holders
  • Personal Licences for the supply of alcohol
  • Personal budget direct payments

Other datasets will be provided to Audit Scotland by other bodies including:

  • Pensions (Councils and Scottish Public Pensions Authority)
  • Students (Students Award Agency for Scotland)
  • Failed asylum seekers and expired visas
  • Company Directors

Further information on the data sets to be provided to Audit Scotland are detailed in Audit Scotland’s instruction which can be found at http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/

The use of data by Audit Scotland in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority, normally under its powers in Part 2A of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000. It does not require the consent of individuals concerned under the Data protection Act 1998.

Data matching by Audit Scotland is subject to a Code of Data matching practice. This may also be found at http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/

For further information on Audit Scotland’s legal powers and the reason why it matches particular information, see the full text (level 3) fair processing notice at http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/. Alternatively, you can write to:

Senior Manager (Audit Strategy and NFI) Audit Scotland,
110 George Street,
Edinburgh
EH2 4LH
Telephone 0131 625 1500

Email enquiries should be addressed to info@audit-scotland.gov.ukquoting 'National Fraud Initiative' in the subject line

Anyone wishing further advice on Clackmannanshire Council's involvement in the National Fraud Initiative should contact us at the address detailed below.

For Further Information Contact

Finance & Corporate Services, Internal Audit & Fraud
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 226231 / 450000
Email: