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National Fraud Initiative

Fair processing notice

North Ayrshire 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, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

Data matching

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

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 may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error, or other explanation, until an investigation is carried out. 

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 sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise.

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. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

More information

Contact the Corporate Fraud Team




01294 324585 or 01294 324586




North Ayrshire Council Corporate Fraud Team, 2nd Floor, Cunninghame House, Irvine KA12 8EE

  • Correspondence should be marked "Private and Confidential"
  • If you are calling in person, please report to ground floor reception and ask for a member of the Corporate Fraud Team.