National Fraud Initiative

Fair processing notice

East Ayrshire Council is required by law to protect the public funds that 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.

On behalf of the Accounts Commission, Audit Scotland appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of East Ayrshire Council. Audit Scotland is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

What is data matching?

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 potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified but the inclusion of personal data within a data matching exercise does not mean that any specific individual is under suspicion. 

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 exercise can also help the council to ensure that our records are up to date.

Audit Scotland currently requires the council to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. 

The use of data by Audit Scotland in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority, normally under its powers in Part 2A of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by Audit Scotland is subject to a Code of Data Matching Practice.

More information

For further information on Audit Scotland's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information:


Contact Information

Freedom of Information Officer
Telephone: 01563 576094
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