Information sharing agreements under chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 of part 5 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 register

Information sharing agreements under the public service delivery, debt, fraud and civil registration provisions within the Digital Economy Act 2017

First published 1 November 2018

Last updated 22 March 2019 — see all updates

Category: Government

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There are 4 records and 18 fields in this register

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Information sharing agreement 0001NamePurposeInformation sharing benefitsLegal power disclosureDisclosed informationControllersController namesInformation sharing methodProcessorsProcessor namesRetention periodStart dateEnd dateReview dateContactAreasArea names
1Exploring differences in company accounts filed between Companies House and HMRC

To identify where differences in accounts filed between HMRC and Companies House over the last 48 months indicate fraudulent activity

This pilot will help Companies House to identify potential fraud and error and, in establishing improvements to the operation of the account filing process, ensure that Companies House are presenting a more accurate picture of the financial health of businesses. This pilot will also enable HMRC to identify where companies are understating accounts and thereby reducing tax liabilities. In doing so, HMRC will be able to redeem extra public funds through increased tax dividends.information-sharing-agreement-powers-and-objectives-0001:7

Company names and registration numbers, selected accounts items, and the names of associated company directors, partners, and third party accountants where relevant.

government-organisation:EA26, government-organisation:D25No data

Government Secure Email

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2Exploring Potential Fraud in the Help to Buy Scheme

To identify whether there is potential fraud in the Help to Buy Scheme, relating to the overinflaton of income (fraud by misrepresentation) and the failure to declare existing property ownership at the point of application (fraud by omission).

This information sharing agreement will help Homes England to identify any fraud in the Help to Buy Scheme, and to qualify the nature of this fraud. In doing so, Homes England will be able to assess compliance and review policies for preventative purposes only.information-sharing-agreement-powers-and-objectives-0001:7

Data on earnings and income, on self-assessment, on benefits and credits, and on property ownership will be disclosed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to Homes England

government-organisation:D25Homes England

Government Secure Email

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3National Fraud Initiative - HMRC and Local Authority Counter Fraud Pilot

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is the Cabinet Office’s UK-wide data matching exercise. It is exploring the potential value and effectiveness of using HMRC data to better identify and prevent fraud. We will share records containing personal data with HMRC. These will be matched against HMRC records and additional HMRC information appended and fed back to the NFI to be evaluated as to how it may improve the NFI national exercise.

The expected benefits are; 1. To provide additional intelligence on data matches already generated and released by the NFI for participant organisations to consider and investigate where appropriate; 2. To allow the NFI to update its fraud risk scoring of these released matches; 3. To assist with the reduction of potential false positive data match disclosure within the existing NFI data matching: and 4. To allow additional counter fraud data matches to be generated from just the additional HMRC results.information-sharing-agreement-powers-and-objectives-0001:7

Data items will relate to: ●Employed and self-employed earnings ●Household composition ●Property ownership

government-organisation:D2No data

Secure File Transfer (batch basis)

government-organisation:D25No dataNo data
4Testing the feasibility of data matching between VOA and DWP data for improved fuel poverty targeting

To test the matching of two data sets to enable Government to better identify households at risk of fuel poverty and improve the targeting of support to tackle fuel poverty

The testing will help BEIS understand the feasibility of the matching between the two datasets, identify areas of error or non-match and investigate mitigations in order to maximise the datasets' matching success rates. The data matching mechanism would enable more effective targeting of fuel poverty policies.information-sharing-agreement-powers-and-objecitves-0001:2

Valuation Office Agency (VOA) data relating to property characteristics will be shared with the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for ranking according to potential energy costs. Data to be onwardly shared with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the matching feasibility exercise, where the relationship between property data and benefits data will be compared.

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Egress file sharing

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The 18 fields in this register

Field name

Field description

Information sharing agreement 0001

The unique code for the information sharing agreement.


The title of the information sharing agreement.


The purpose of the information sharing agreement.

Information sharing benefits

The intended benefits of the information sharing agreement.

Legal power disclosure

The legal power disclosure for the information sharing agreement — this is referring to the information sharing agreement powers and objectives record in the Powers and objectives for disclosure under the Digital Economy Act 2017 register.

Disclosed information

A description of the information disclosed by the controller under the agreement


The unique codes for the disclosers of the information.

Controller names

Name of Controller(s) disclosing the information

Information sharing method

How the information is shared.


The unique codes for the receivers of the information being shared.

Processor names

Names of the processors or controllers in receipt of the information

Retention period

How long the information will be held by the recipient, formatted as described by the ISO 8601 time interval standard.

Start date

When the information sharing agreement will start.

End date

When the information sharing agreement will end.

Review date

When the information sharing agreement will be reviewed.


The contact details for subject access requests for the information sharing agreement.


The unique codes for the geographical areas the information sharing agreement applies to.

Area names

The names of the geographical areas the information sharing agreement applies to.