Birmingham City Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We process and share the information provided to us for the following purposes:
• Council Employee Payroll
• Council Employee Pensions
• Electoral Register
• Student Loans
• Supported Care (Home Residents and Care Home Residents)
• Transport passes, including residents’ parking blue badges
• Insurance Claimants
• Housing and Council Tax Benefits
• Licences, e.g. market trader/ operator, taxi driver and (new) personal licences to supply alcohol
• Council Tax
• Property (Planning, Business Rates)
• Information provided by external bodies, e.g. Utility Companies, Credit Reference agencies and Service Providers, including Registered Social Landlords
to prevent and/or detect potential fraud and crime, by both conducting our own Data Matching as well as sharing this information with other public bodies, such as; the Audit Commission, the Department for Work and Pensions, other Local Authorities, HM Revenues and Customs, the Police, as well as utility companies, credit reference agencies and service providers/ contractors and/or partner bodies, where the disclosure of such information is either
a) necessary for the purposes of the prevention and/or detection of crime; and/or,
b) is otherwise necessary to comply with any other legal obligation.
The Audit Commission appoints an auditor to audit the accounts of Birmingham City Council, and also conducts its own data matching exercise.
Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims, transactions, applications and payments to be identified. Where a match is found and two or more records have contradictory or conflicting information, the inconsistency will require further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out. Regardless, the data matching process is a proven way of helping to ensure that records are up to date and accurate.
The Audit Commission currently requires local authorities to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and/or detection of fraud. We are legally required to provide particular sets of Data to the Audit Commission for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in the Audit Commission’s guidance.
The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with 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. This may be found on the Audit Commision website.
For further information on the Audit Commission’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, visit the Audit Commission website.
For further information about data matching at Birmingham City Council, please contact either: