National Fraud Initiative

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is a biennial data-matching exercise that helps detect and prevent fraud and overpayments from the public purse across the UK.

The NFI matches data across organisations and systems to help public bodies identify fraud and overpayments. Since its commencement in 1996, NFI exercises have resulted in the detection and prevention of more than £35.4 million of fraud and overpayments in Wales and £1.69 billion across the UK.

Our report on the findings of the 2016-17 NFI exercise [PDF opens in new window].

NFI 2020-21

Participants can access further information on the NFI web app including:

  • a list of the responsibilities of the nominated officers at the participating body;
  • details of any further requirements and returns concerning the data to be provided;
  • a data protection compliance return; and
  • information on how to interpret matches, and on co-operation between participating bodies.

Data for NFI 2020-21 is due to be submitted by participants in October 2020. The following document sets out the proposed work programme and data specifications for the exercise:

NFI 2020-21: Proposed Work Programme and Data Specifications [PDF 1.1MB opens in new window]

Code of data matching practice

The Code of Data Matching Practice of the Auditor General for Wales [PDF 608KB opens in new window] was prepared to guide all those who take part in data-matching work.

Fair processing

Our privacy notice [PDF 111KB opens in new window] tells you what to expect when we collect personal data for data matching exercises and explains how we protect your privacy.

How can my organisation get involved?

If you are interested and want to find out more please email national.fraud@audit.wales.