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National Fraud Initiative Notice

Civil Service Pensions Participating in the National Fraud Initiative

Civil Service Pensions as managers of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland) [PCSPS(NI)], 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 Northern Ireland Audit Office audits the accounts of this authority. It is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises under its powers in Articles 4A to 4G of the Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

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 fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates that there may be 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.

The Northern Ireland Audit Office 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 Northern Ireland Audit Office for matching. Details are set out in the Northern Ireland Audit Office's website:

www.niauditoffice.gov.uk (external link)

The use of data by the Northern Ireland Audit Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority.   It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Norhern Ireland Audit Office is subject to a Code of Practice. This may be found at:

www.niauditoffice.gov.uk (external link)

For further information on the Northern Ireland Audit Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see the Level 3 Notice on the Northern Ireland Audit Office website at:  

www.niauditoffice.gov.uk