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Cardiff Council

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Fraud

​​The Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. We also participate in the National Fraud Initiative. 

We rely on the public to bring their suspicions to our attention so if you suspect a fraud please report it to us. We recommend reading our reporting suspected fraud document before contacting us.

You can report it online.​​  

 

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by calling us on: 

Tel: 029 20872329 (non-benefit fraud)

Tel: 0800 328 6340 (benefit fraud)

Tel: 0800 3286341 (benefit fraud text phone)

 

or by writing to:

Internal Audit Section
Cardiff Council
County Hall
Atlantic Wharf
Cardiff
CF10 3UW

 

All referrals will be investigated if we have enough information.

As a public authority, we are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Auditor General is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises under its powers under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004.

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 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.

The Auditor General currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. The Auditor General requires this authority to provide information it holds for this purpose. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Auditor General for m​atching. Details are set out on the Wales Audit Office website​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window.

As the use of data by the Auditor General in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority (Part 3A of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004), it does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Auditor General is subject to a Code of Practice. This is to help all bodies involved in data matching to comply with the law and good practice, including maintaining data security.

For further information on the Auditor General’s legal powers and the reasons why he matches particular information visit the Wales Audit Office website​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window or contact:


The Information Governance Manager. 

Room 401,
County Hall,
Atlantic Wharf,
Cardiff,
CF10 4UW.

Telephone 029 2087 3317.