As part of the annual audit of the Pension Fund’s accounts the Council is legally obliged to take part in an anti-fraud exercise organised by the Audit Commission.
The initiative involves sending details of all payments made by the Pension Fund in the year to date to the Audit Commission in October 2006 so that they can be compared to information supplied by other public bodies.
This will be used to help confirm that the pension paid to you is correct and also to check whether pensioners claiming Housing Benefit have declared all their income correctly.
This is part of a much wider initiative covering most public sector employees and pensioners as well as records for housing benefits, student loans, creditor payments and blue badge parking permits. All information exchanged is treated in strict confidence and the processing complies with the Data Protection Act.