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National Fraud Initiative

London and Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) is required to protect the public funds it receives. L&Q may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Audit Commission carries out data matching exercises by 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 requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

From time to time the Trust is invited to take part in the Audit Commission's data matching exercises. When we choose to take part we follow the Audit Commission's guidance, which can be found on the Audit Commission website.

The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with a statutory authority under its powers in part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice.

For further information on the Audit Commission's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, please go to the Audit Commission's website using the links above.

For further information on data matching in the L&Q Group please contact Waqar Ahmed, Director of Finance on 0844 406 9000 or email financedivision-directorate@lqgroup.org.uk.