National Fraud Initiative

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is an exercise carried out by the Audit Commission, a government body, which matches electronic data with and between audited bodies to prevent and detect fraud.

We intend to participate in the NFI data matching exercise carried out by the Audit Commission. Our participation in the NFI will assist in the prevention and detection of fraud against the University of Edinburgh. We will participate on a voluntary basis and provide the Audit Commissioner with particular sets of data for matching as set out in the Audit Commission's guidance, which can be found on their website.

Data matching

Data matching involves comparing sets of data, such as the payroll or benefits records of a body, against other records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. The data is usually personal information. The data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The processing of data by the Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part IIA 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 Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice. This may be found on the Audit Commission website.

Data Matching Code of Practice on the Audit Commission website

For further information on data matching at the University of Edinburgh contact:

Ann Fraser

Pensions Manager

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