sportscotland and National Fraud Initiative

sportscotland 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, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

On behalf of the Auditor General for Scotland, Audit Scotland appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of sportscotland.  Audit Scotland also assists appointed auditors by conducting a National Fraud Initiative, which 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.

This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates that there may be 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.

Audit Scotland currently requires sportscotland to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to Audit Scotland for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in Audit Scotland’s Instructions (or Handbook).

The use of data by Audit Scotland in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority:

From October 2010, under new data matching powers included at Part 2A of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (as amended by Section 70 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010).

Audit Scotland does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by Audit Scotland is subject to a Code of Data Matching Practice which also includes information on Audit Scotland’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see the full text (Level 3) fair processing notice at or contact Stuart Ogg Director Corporate Services.

Date published: 04 October 2016
Date updated: 15 February 2019

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