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:
Other datasets will be provided to Audit Scotland by other bodies including:
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,
Telephone 0131 625 1500
Email enquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org '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.
Finance & Corporate Services, Internal Audit & Fraud
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 226231 / 450000