Internal audit and anti-fraud privacy notice

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Who we are and what we do

The Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud Division is part of the Finance and Governance Directorate and provide an independent function to provide the council assurance on its internal control, fraud and governance processes.  This is set out under Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972.  These functions require us to hold or have access to information from systems and processes across the council, in order to fulfil the legal requirement to provide an internal audit function and to prevent, detect, deter and investigate referrals of fraud bribery and corruption.

The Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud Division may collect a wide variety of information from a range of sources, including, but not limited to:

  • Personal, such as name, date of birth, address;
  • Employment, for example national insurance number, employer details and history, next of kin, sickness records;
  • Financial details, such as bank account information, mortgage accounts, pensions, credit history;
  • Health information gathered to assess eligibility for benefits;
  • Information gathered during the course of an investigation or proactive exercise;

Documentary evidence provided in order to access council services.

  • Information collated as part of a sample to undertake internal audits of council provided services and of services provided to the council
  • Information used for proactive anti-fraud exercises to identify fraud
  • Information used for internal audit assurance work to identify discrepancies
  • To assist with the investigation of criminal, civil and disciplinary offences
  • To verify that the information you have supplied is correct and accurate
  • For service planning, delivery and improvement
  • To prevent money-laundering and to verify your identity

The Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud Division have a duty to protect the public purse.  The following acts and regulations provide the basis on which the section operates:

  • Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires that authorities ‘make arrangements for the proper administration of their financial affairs’
  • The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require that ”a relevant body must undertake an effective internal audit to evaluate the effectiveness of its risk management, control and governance processes, taking into account public sector internal auditing standards or guidance. Any officer or member of that body must, if the body requires:
    • a) make available such documents and records (including those in electronic form); and
    • b) supply such information and explanation.

as are considered necessary by those conducting the internal audit”.

  • The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
  • Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
  • Local Government Finance Act 1992
  • Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013
  • Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996
  • Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998
  • Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

For more details on the Lawful Basis see the ICO guidance

Including but not limited to:

  • Other local authorities
  • Contracted audit delivery partners
  • Registered social landlords
  • The Cabinet Office
  • Other Government departments
  • The Police
  • Employers
  • NHS
  • Judicial agencies, for example; Courts
  • Where information is requested under relevant legislation
  • Fraud prevention agencies.
  • Waltham Forest Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, law enforcement agencies, or undertake local anti-fraud initiatives, in order to prevent and detect fraud or money laundering.  The personal information we have collected from you will be shared with fraud prevention agencies who will use it to prevent fraud and money-laundering and to verify your identity.  If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance, or employment.  Further details of how your information will be used by us and these fraud prevention agencies, and your data protection rights, can be found on the cifas website.

Automated data matching Click to get info

The work of the Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud Division may involve elements of automated data matching between sources. Any data processing and sharing of this kind is carried out in line with GDPR requirements.

Data matching involves comparing sets of data, such as the payroll or benefits records of a body, against other records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. The data is usually personal information. The data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation. No assumption will be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.  Any algorithm used will therefore not have a direct legal effect on an individual. 

The processing of data by the Council in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers.  It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under data protection legislation or the GDPR.

The Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud Division have retention schedules in place to ensure that information is only held for as long as is needed. 

For successful sanction cases, we are requested to keep your information for a minimum of seven years after which time it will be destroyed.  For other cases, your information will be kept for 12 months after which time it will be destroyed.

Our Data Protection Officer is Mark Hynes. You can contact him at

Please see the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice

Please see the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice

These are included in the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice.

If we’re unable to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).