National Fraud Initiative

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National Fraud Initiative

Rother District Council is required by law to participate in National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercises. These exercises are directed by the Cabinet Office.

NFI requires the Council to share certain data held on its computer systems for the purposes of preventing and detecting fraud. At present, there are two data matching exercises:

  1. 1. A two-yearly national match to government, local government and other public sector records for which we supply payroll, housing benefit, council tax reduction scheme, creditors, licensing and housing register data; and
  2. An annual local match of council tax and electoral register data.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in data matching exercises 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 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.

For further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information read the full text of the NFI Privacy Statement.

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