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The National Fraud Initiative

The Audit Commission is an independent public body responsible for ensuring that public money is spent economically, efficiently and effectively.

One of its duties is to operate the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), which investigates possible abuses of funds. The council has a duty to supply the NFI with information about all tenancies and benefits for that purpose.

The council and Hillingdon Housing Services have to take part in a regular NFI, which the Audit Commission manages.

The purpose of the NFI is to detect fraud in payments made from the public purse.

The information used in the NFI will include housing rents and tenancy details, as well as other information, such as housing benefits. The council and Hillingdon Housing Services have a legal obligation to give this information to the Audit Commission. It will be compared with the records of other councils and public bodies like the Department for Work and Pensions. Detailed investigations will be carried out where it looks as though they may be necessary.

All the information is subject to strict data protection guidelines and rules of investigation.

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