National Fraud Initiative

MyCSP 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, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office appoints the auditor to audit the scheme accounts, and is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Civil Service Pension arrangements participate in the National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. MyCSP is required to provide particular sets of data for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.