The first formal use of the system is taking place this month when the system will check information collected from local authorities with that held by other public bodies.
A spokeswoman said the computerised checks ‘will help to identify potential frauds such as individuals who are claiming housing benefit from more than one council, or an employee who has not declared an income when claiming benefit’.
She added: ‘The initiative will also help auditors assess the arrangements made by bodies to prevent and detect fraud.’
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