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Notice of appointment of a Local Auditor to North Tyneside Council from 2018/19

Under Section 8(2) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, this Authority must publish a notice relating to the appointment of its Local Auditor.

On 21 July 2017 North Tyneside Council made an appointment of a Local Auditor, as part of a collaborative procurement with Newcastle City Council and Northumberland County Council.  The Local Auditor appointed is Ernst and Young, and the period of their appointment is from 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2023.  

The independent Auditor Panel convened to advise North Tyneside Council on the selection and appointment of Local Auditor recommended the appointment of Ernst and Young for this period.  The report of the independent Auditor Panel was considered at a meeting of full Council on 20 July 2017 and is attached below.

Council’s decision at that meeting was to follow the advice of the independent Auditor Panel, and to endorse the Auditor Panel’s recommendation that Ernst and Young be appointed as Local Auditor for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2023.

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National fraud initiative

North Tyneside Council 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.

To help do this, the Cabinet Office carries out the National Fraud Initiative data matching exercise. This involves public bodies across the country sending in certain types of data to the Cabinet Office, which they then compare to spot any differences or anomalies in order to prevent and detect fraud.  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.

North Tyneside Council participates in the National Fraud Initiative data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.  Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a code of practice.

Further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information is available at Gov.uk.

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