Code of Data Matching Practice
This authority 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.
The Audit Commission appoints the auditor to audit the accounts
of this authority. It is also responsible for carrying out data
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. This is usually personal
information. Computerised data matching allows potentially
fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is
found it indicates 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 Audit Commission currently requires us to participate in a
data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of
fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the
Audit Commission for matching for each exercise, and these are set
out in the Audit Commission's
The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching
exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers
in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require
the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection
For further information on the Audit Commission's legal powers
and the reasons why it matches particular
The Audit Commission website for further information.
For further information on data matching at this authority
Worcestershire County Council
This page was last reviewed 30 January 2014 at 11:40.
The page is next due for review 29 July 2015.