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Data matching

Annual Report

Purpose: To enable the Ministry of Justice locate people who have outstanding fines in order to enforce payment.

Justice disclosure to MSD: Justice selects fines defaulters for whom it has been unable to find a current address from other sources (including the IR/Justice Fines Defaulters Tracing Programme), and sends the full name, date of birth and Justice unique identifier number to MSD.

MSD disclosure to Justice: For matched records, MSD returns the last known residential address, postal address, residential, cell-phone and work phone numbers, and the unique identifier originally provided by Justice.

Compliance: Compliant. 

Technical information

Information matching provision Social Security Act 1964, s.126A
Year authorised 1996
Year commenced 1998
Programme type Locating people
Unique identifiers Data Matching Reference Number

System description
On a daily basis Justice send MSD, by encrypted online transfer, details of fines defaulters with whom they have lost contact. The defaulters eligible for selection include those where Justice does not have a current address, and no current arrangement to pay is in place. Justice sends the full name, date of birth (and a unique identifier which is generated and used solely in this programme) about the selected fines defaulters. A maximum of 20,000 records is allowed per supply.

MSD attempts to match the fines defaulter information with beneficiary full name and date of birth information held in MSD files. For matched records, MSD returns to Justice the last known residential address, postal address, residential, cell-phone and work phone numbers for the person, and the unique identifier originally provided by Justice.

Match information will only be provided on persons who have been in receipt of a benefit within the last two years, or where data has been confirmed as correct within the last two years.

Recent activity

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16*
Match runs 150 233 217 235 211
Records sent for matching 1,274,700 2,130,893 2,077,316 2,028,984 1,709,884
Possible matches identified 327,854 568,699 554,269 370,552 274,746
Notices of adverse action 161,034 171,262 138,379 98,465 87,452
Challenges 530 829 872 1,111 652
Successful challenges 139 63 57 27 37

Financial Outcome Activity

We report combined totals for this programme and the IR/Justice Fines Defaulters Tracing Programme because Justice cannot always determine which programme resulted in the payment of outstanding fines.

    2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16*
Paid/settled ($) IR  30,410,029 33,548,353 32,615,402 13,504,930 10,126,616
  MSD 22,136,105 23,016,466 14,845,826 8,187,416 6,549,319
  Both 17,670,440 19,637,789 12,345,907 6,322,046 4,724,107
Total paid/settled ($)   70,216,574 76,202,608 59,807,135 28,014,392 21,400,042
People with payment or remittal IR 55,753 74,187 84,135 68,773 30,976
  MSD 34,273 47,543 40,192 37,254 17,970
  Both 32,807 43,186 36,468 30,512 15,589
Total people with payment or remittal   122,833 164,917 160,795 136,539 64,535

*The figures for 2015/16 are provisional figures and will be updated after the next reporting period ending 31 December 2016.