Benefits privacy notice

The reasons we use your data

  • Administration and assessment of Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support, Local Welfare Support, Discretionary Housing Payments and Free School Meals
  • Financial transactions
  • Prevention and detection of crime (including fraud)
  • Research including consultations
  • Service delivery
  • Service improvement and planning
  • Statutory requirements (for example: reporting to and administration on behalf of central government)

Why we are allowed to use your data

Legal obligation or public task under various UK laws including but not limited to:

  • Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed requirements)/(Default scheme) (England) Regulations 2012
  • Data Protection Act 2018
  • Discretionary Financial Assistance Refulations 2001
  • Housing Benefit Regulations 2006
  • Local Welfare Support Scheme
  • The Equality Act 2010

Who we can share your data with

  • Elected members and MPs (as your representative)
  • Government departments (for example: HM Revenue & Customs, Department of Work & Pensions)
  • Housing associations and landlords
  • Judicial agencies (For example: courts, appeals tribunal)
  • Other council departments
  • Police; Other local authorities
  • Schools and academies
  • Voluntary and charitable organisations

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