Privacy policy: Counter Fraud and Internal Audit

Who To Contact

Data Protection Officer
Knowsley Council
Westmorland Road
Huyton
L36 9GL

Who will own my data once I submit it?

Knowsley Council

Why do you need my information?

Knowsley has a legal duty to protect the public funds it administers, and may use information held about you for lawful purposes, including but not limited to the prevention and detection of crime, for example fraud, money laundering etc.
Our objective is to ensure that all instances or allegations are investigated and dealt with effectively.  We may conduct pro-active counter fraud reviews into transactions and records held across our different business areas to identify unusual, incorrect or potential fraudulent transactions.

What allows you to use my information?

The Executive Director of Resources has a statutory duty under Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 to establish a clear framework for the proper administration of the authority’s financial affairs.
The legal basis for Counter Fraud Investigations is set out below:

  • Local Government Finance Act 1992;
  • The Council Tax Reduction Scheme (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) Regulations 2013;
  • Data Protection Act 2018 (GDPR);
  • Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (Part 6);
  • Fraud Act 2006;
  • Money Laundering Regulations 2017; and
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).

Who will my information be shared with?

We may be asked to provide access to personal information by relevant authorities with regulatory powers such as

  • The Police;
  • Department for Work and Pensions;
  • Her Majesty Revenues and Customs;
  • Cabinet Office
  • Other Government departments and public sector bodies;
  • Employment Tribunal;
  • Professional Bodies;
  • Local authorities;
  • Employers; and
  • National Anti Fraud Network

As a service we do not collect data from the public directly but have access to the systems used across the council to ensure that the highest standards of controls are in place to protect the public purse.

Do I have to provide this information and what will happen if I don’t?

The majority of nformation we use has already been provided by you via other areas of the local authority. 

How long will you keep this data for and why?

We will only retain your personal information for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any future legal, accounting or reporting requirements.

We will continue to retain necessary information in accordance with our corporate records policy.
Audit and fraud records will be retained for seven years. If a fraud has not been proven these records will be retained for two years. 

How will my information be stored?

Your information will be stored in line with our information security guidelines e.g. fraud management systems / audit software systems.

Will this information be used to take automated decisions about me?

No

Will my data be transferred abroad and why?

There may be instances when your data will be shared abroad to assist with an ongoing investigation.