Data Matching

Darlington Borough Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information given to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public money to help prevent and detect fraud.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one organisation against other computer records held by the same, or another, organisation to see how far they match. This is usually personal information.

Data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may highlight an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption will be made as to whether there is fraud, error or another explanation until an investigation is carried out.

Data from the following Council systems is currently used for matching:-

  • Local Taxation
  • Housing Benefits
  • Electoral Register
  • Payroll
  • Creditors
  • Concessionary Travel Schemes
  • Car Parking (Blue Badges, Parking Permits etc.)
  • Social Care
  • Licensing
  • Insurance

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative - a mandatory 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. For further information, please refer to the below internet link:-

NFI matching options per participating body [pdf document]

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.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice [external link]. For further information, please refer to the below internet link:-

Code of data matching practice for the National Fraud Initiative [external link]

For more information you can contact Audit Services on telephone number 01325 405411 or the Council’s Data Protection Officer, Brian James on telephone number 01325 405408

Complaints about the Council’s use of personal data can be referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office. For further information, please refer to the below internet link:-

Information Commissioner’s Office - Report a Concern [external link]