National Fraud Initiative

We will share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing, administrating public funds where undertaking a public function. We do this to prevent and detect fraud.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative; a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sheets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise. Examples of data supplied include property addresses regarding Council Tax payments.

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 and enables potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified.

No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

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 and is permitted under data protection laws without the need of consent from individuals.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

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 council contact Mary Cormack, Borough Solicitor by email to


Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy

Useful links

Audit Commission - National Fraud Initiative

Data matching Code of Practice

Contact details

Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242242