Find out about the work of Internal audit and report a suspected fraud

We independently review our control systems to check that Buckinghamshire Council can manage the risks we face when we provide services.

We also:

  • produce a statement of internal financial control for the annual statement of accounts
  • investigate cases of fraud and irregularity
  • provide advice and consultancy to all areas of the Council

Report suspected fraud or request information

Contact us to:

  • report suspected fraud or a corrupt act
  • ask for more information about our work

Write: Chief Internal Auditor, Walton Street Offices, Aylesbury HP20 1UD

Telephone: 01296 382237

Email: [email protected]

Our policies

National Fraud Initiative (NFI) – Fair Processing Notice

Buckinghamshire 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.

Data matching to check for 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.

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 which is 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.

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 information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information

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