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Corporate Fraud Team data matching

Who are we and what do we do

Corporate Fraud Team

Internal Audit and Risk, Gateshead Council, Civic Centre, Gateshead, NE8 1HH

0191 433 2805

Fraud reporting form

Gateshead Council is opposed to fraud and corruption in all forms and advocates a zero-tolerance approach. Fraud and corruption cheats the local tax payer and undermines the aims of our Council to achieve its vision of 'Making Gateshead a place where everyone thrives', by providing value for money services in an open, honest and accountable way.

As part of this responsibility the Council actively participates in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), a national data matching exercise currently run by the Cabinet Office under its statutory powers. More information on the work of the NFI can be found on our NFI webpage.

As well as the NFI, under the Council's Counter Fraud and Corruption Strategy, data matching/analytical exercises are carried out to proactively seek out fraud and error in areas identified as being at risk of fraud.

The Corporate Fraud Team has data warehousing software which allows for this programmed work to be carried out, by collecting data from various sources both internally and from external organisations and other local authorities.

What type of information is collected about you

To assist with fraud investigations we may collect:

  • name
  • contact details (addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and so on)
  • date of birth
  • national insurance number
  • details of family and household members
  • financial information
  • current employment and employment history
  • identity information (such as passports, driving licenses, birth certificates)
  • vehicle information
  • photographs and video footage

We may also collect health information, such as evidence of injuries for an insurance claim or evidence to assist investigations into potential blue badge fraud or direct payment fraud.

The legislation that allows us to collect this information is:

  • Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013
  • Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014
  • Local Government Finance Act 1992
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Data protection Act 1998
  • Digital Economy Act 2017
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

The legislation that allows us to prosecute is:

  • Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013
  • Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014
  • The Fraud Act 2006
  • Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1987
  • Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • Identity Card Act 2006
  • The Bribery Act 2010
  • Welfare Reform Act 2012
  • Housing Act 1996
  • Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Why we need your information

We need this information to allow the council to prevent, detect and prosecute fraud. We have a duty to protect the public purse and to ensure that we continue to maintain strong defences against fraud and corruption by directing resources most effectively to mitigate the risks we face.

We also have to verify the information you have supplied is correct and accurate and where necessary, we will do this by verifying your information with other local authorities and government departments, for example.

It is the council's intention to continue with the existing arrangements and further explore opportunities for data matching both internally between services and externally with neighbouring local authorities and develop links with other external agencies to enhance opportunities for information sharing.

Data matching is carried out by the Corporate Fraud Team to assist the corporate framework to help counter any fraudulent activity. The team proactively use council data to assist the prevention and detection of crime.

Who your information can be shared with

Your personal information can be shared if the law allows. We may also enter into specific information sharing arrangements with partners such as local authorities where it would support our statutory functions.

We have data sharing agreements with:

  • Durham County Council
  • Newcastle City Council

We may also share personal information with (and receive information from) a number of other organisations as part of our prevention and detection of fraud. Such organisations may include the Police, Home Office, Cabinet Office, DWP, Registered Social Landlords and local authorities. Any information sharing is managed in accordance with relevant privacy and data protection legislation.

The sharing of fraud intelligence between authorities via restricted internet forums and groups is critical in alerting to rising fraud trends and is a mechanism the Council actively engages in. The Council receives regular data analysis and fraud information alerts from its memberships.

How long we will keep your information

We review our retention periods of the information we hold about you on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as it is necessary for the relevant activity or service that we provide to you, or as required by law.

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