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Sharing of data with a specified anti-fraud organisation

Fraud costs the public sector an estimated £20.6 billion a year. It is in all our interests to prevent it. Public authorities have a particular responsibility to ensure that taxpayers’ money is not taken out of the system fraudulently.

Public authorities are required by law to protect the public funds they administer. Section 68 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 was introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to preventing fraud. Section 68 enables public authorities to disclose information for the purposes of preventing fraud, as a member of a specified anti-fraud organisation or otherwise in accordance with any arrangements made with such an organisation.

A specified anti-fraud organisation enables or facilitates the sharing of information for the prevention of fraud and is specified by an order made by the Secretary of State.

South Gloucestershire Council may disclose the information you provide to a specified anti-fraud organisation for the purposes of preventing fraud.

Disclosures of information from a public authority to a specified anti-fraud organisation are subject to a Code of Practice.  In addition, all disclosures must be made in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

For further details, please contact Internal Audit Services on 01454865429

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