Renfrewshire Council

Data matching statement

Renfrewshire Council has a legal duty to protect the public funds it manages. To prevent and detect fraud, it will share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or managing public funds, such as Audit Scotland.

Audit Scotland appoints an auditor to audit the accounts of this council. Audit Scotland also helps appointed auditors by conducting a National Fraud Initiative. This is a 'data matching' exercise.

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. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found, it indicates that there is an inconsistency which needs further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until the investigation is carried out.

Audit Scotland currently requires the council to take part in a data matching exercise to help prevent and detect fraud. The council provides particular sets of data to Audit Scotland for matching and these are set out in Audit Scotland's handbook. Data matching by Audit Scotland is also subject to a Code of Data Matching Practice. You can view the handbook and the code on the Audit Scotland website.

The Council will be participating in an anti-fraud initiative organised by Audit Scotland carried out under powers in Part 2A of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland ) Act 2000.

For more information on Audit Scotland's legal powers, and the reasons why it matches particular information, visit the Audit Scotland website or contact Andrea McMahon, Renfrewshire Council's chief auditor, on 0300 300 1178.