National Fraud Initiative

SAAS is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We will share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is a data matching exercise. 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.

The NFI assists audited public bodies (usually government departments or agencies such as SAAS) to prevent and detect fraud and error.  The exercise also assists in the assessment of arrangements that NFI participants have in place to deal with fraud.

Where a match is found it indicates 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 exercise can also help bodies to ensure that their records are up to date.

Audit Scotland currently requires us to participate in this data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of personal data to Audit Scotland for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in Audit Scotland’s instructions, which can be found at:

Audit Scotland carries out data matching with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 2018. This can include personal, education and financial data

For further information on Audit Scotland’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see the full text privacy notice at:

or contact the SAAS National Fraud Initiative Key Contact at:

SAAS Counter Fraud Team
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3UT

or by email at