National fraud initiative

Staffordshire Pension Fund, along with other organisations, is required to take part in the national fraud initiative (NFI), which is designed to help in the prevention and detection of fraud.

To do this we are required to share information you give us, or the information we hold about you, with other public bodies. This helps to ensure, for example that no pensions are being paid to persons who are deceased or no longer entitled to receive such payments and that occupational income is being declared when housing benefits is applied for.

Where fraud has been committed and pensions have been wrongly paid, this must be recovered. However occasionally wrong payments are made because of genuine error and this could result in payments to pensioners being increased. These exercises therefore help promote the best use of public funds.