Data matching

We have a duty to protect public funds.  We may use the information you provide to help us to prevent fraud.

We may also share this information with other organisations that audit or administer public funds.

Please ask us if you are not sure what information we hold about you and who we would share it with.

We process and share the information provided to us for the following purposes:

  • council employee payroll
  • council employee pensions
  • electoral register
  • student loans
  • housing
  • supported care (home residents and care home residents)
  • transport passes, including residents’ blue badges
  • insurance claimants
  • housing and council tax benefits
  • Licenses such as market trader/operator and (new) personal licenses to supply alcohol
  • council tax
  • property (planning, business rates)
  • libraries
  • school admissions

To prevent and/or detect fraud and crime, we carry out data matching ourselves, as well as sharing this information with other public bodies, such as the Cabinet Office, Department for Work and Pensions, other local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs, and the police, under sections 29 and 35 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Cabinet Office

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is required (by law) to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing, administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

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. Where a match is found it may indicate 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.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a 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, as detailed on the government's website.

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.

View further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reason why it matches particular information.