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National Fraud Initiative

The London Borough of Hillingdon participates in an exercise known as the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), which is normally undertaken every two years.

About the initiative

Participation in the NFI is required under Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998 i.e. its mandatory.

The NFI is designed to help participants to detect fraudulent and erroneous payments from the public purse.

Nationally the NFI is administered by the Audit Commission, who are an independent public body responsible for ensuring that public money is spent economically, efficiently and effectively in areas such as local government.

Locally, the Council's Internal Audit Team administers the NFI.

How does it operate?

The Council is required to submit information to the Audit Commission for analysis and comparison with records of other councils and public bodies, with subsequent detailed review and investigation by the Council where so warranted.

The NFI is not only used to prevent and detect fraud, but also to detect error, and to protect staff against any unfounded criticism relating to fraud and error which effects public confidence in the services that the Council provides.

As such, the information used in the NFI includes Council employee payroll details and occupational pensions details.

Additionally, other information is supplied by the Council to the Audit Commission as applicable, or is obtained independently by the Audit Commission for use in the NFI, for the purposes of detecting and preventing fraud and error:-

  • Council tax
  • Housing benefits
  • Housing rents
  • Former tenant rent arrears
  • Insurance claimants
  • Electoral registration
  • Creditor payments
  • Residents' concessionary ("Blue Badges") parking permits and concessionary travel
  • House ("Right to Buy") purchases
  • Asylum seekers
  • Student loans
  • UK visas
  • Deceased persons
  • Market trader licences
  • Taxi driver licences
  • Private care home residents

All information is subject to strict data protection guidelines and investigation protocols in order to maintain the integrity and security data. 


This authority 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, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The council is taking part in an exercise known as the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), which is normally undertaken every two years.
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