National Fraud Initiative (NFI)

Transport for Greater Manchester is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information, provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or 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 such as the National Fraud Initiative.

TfGM participates in the National Fraud Initiative to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud and is required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for this purpose, as detailed here.

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.

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 reasons why it matches particular information. For further information on data matching at Transport for Greater Manchester contact David Knight, Audit and Assurance Manager by telephone on 0161 244 1139 or by email to