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Privacy Notice for National Non-Domestic Rates

INTRODUCTION

WHY WE COLLECT YOUR DATA

SENSITIVE PERSONAL DATA

ACCURATE INFORMATION

WHAT IS LAWFUL BASIS FOR PROCESSING THE DATA

WHEN WILL WE SHARE YOUR DATA

DATA PROCESSORS

HOW WE KEEP YOUR DATA SAFE

HOW LONG WILL WE KEEP YOUR DATA

YOUR RIGHTS

HOW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT

DATA PROTECTION OFFICER

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INTRODUCTION

The income & Awards section of Powys County Council undertakes a wide variety of functions, and in doing so will gather personal data. We are committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with the current Data Protection

WHY WE COLLECT YOUR DATA

Powys County Council as a data controller collects your personal data in order to bill, collect and recover Business Rates. We will only collect the personal data from you we need in order to provide these services to you and process your data in a fair and lawful way.

PERSONAL DATA

As part of the process to determine liability to Business Rates and the associated reliefs and exemptions, Powys County Council will collect personal data, about you.

This information collected will include:

  • Details about you and your partner, such as your address, dates of occupation and non-occupation and bank details.
  • Telephone numbers and email addresses.

We will check some of the information with other sources to ensure the information you have provided is accurate

ACCURATE INFORMATION

It is important that we hold accurate and up to date information about you in order to assess your needs and deliver the appropriate services. If any of your details have changed, or change in the future, please ensure that you tell us as soon as possible so that we can update your records

WHAT IS LAWFUL BASIS FOR PROCESSING THE DATA

Legal Obligation - The basis for gathering and processing your data is our legal obligation under the following legislation:  

  • Local Government Finance Act 1988, as amended
  • The prevention/detection of crime, including false representation in accordance with the Fraud Act 2006

Consent-Your consent when you complete and sign forms for this service contained within this privacy notice. consent can be withdrawn at any time by notifying us.  Consent is unable to be withdrawn in cases for the prevention of crime

WHEN WILL WE SHARE YOUR DATA

The council will use your personal data for the purpose it was provided for, and other compatible reasons to ensure you receive the services you are entitled to receive.

This may involve sharing personal data within the Income & Awards section to ensure you receive accurate business rates and council tax bills and also you have access to all other services you are entitled to, such as council tax discounts and reduction, housing benefit, free school meals and disabled facilities grants.

Data will be shared with our contractors (data processors), who provide elements of the service for us.

To process your claim we share information under our legal obligations and with partner organisations, including:

  • Welsh Government
  • Wales Audit Office

There may be occasions when your information may need to be shared, internally within the council and also with external organisations, where we required to do so by law, in the detection of fraud, the prevention of crime, to safeguard public safety, and in risk of harm or emergency situations. Any information which is shared will only be shared on a need to know basis, with appropriate individuals. Only the minimum information for the purpose will be shared

  • The police
  • HMRC
  • Immigration
  • Imposition of Tax collection
  • Valuation Office Agency
  • Health and social care organisations
  • Internal Council departments- building control, trading standards, planning, licencing  & environmental health.

We will not: 

  • Use your information for marketing or sales purposes without your prior explicit consent.
  • Send or store your data abroad
  • Make decisions about you based on automated processing

DATA PROCESSORS

Data processors are third parties who provide elements of our services for us, such as IT systems and suppliers who handle or collect personal data on behalf of the Council.

We have contracts in place with our data processors and a data processing agreement. This means that they cannot do anything with your personal information unless we have instructed them to do so.

They will not share your personal information with any organisation apart from the Council or approved sub-contractors. Data processors are required to hold any personal information securely and to retain it for the period we instruct. Current data processors are:

  • Northgate Public Services  LTD-  host provider of the legacy computer system
  • DSI Billing Ltd - format, print & issue benefit Notifications
  • Excel Civil Enforcement Ltd - who are the Councils contracted enforcement agents
  • Data Tank, Experian & Analyse Local  - Credit reference agency who undertake reviews and verification, fraud prevention and to pursue debt.

HOW WE KEEP YOUR DATA SAFE

We will take appropriate steps to make sure that the personal information we hold, in paper format or electronically, is kept securely and only used by people who are authorised to do so.

The Council's security measures include encrypting personal data and equipment, system access controls and training in data protection to all staff.

Where another company or organisation processes personal information on behalf of the Council, they will only process your personal information in line with the Council's instructions and are obliged to provide security assurances to the Council.

HOW LONG WILL WE KEEP YOUR DATA

We will only keep your information for the minimum period necessary. The information outlined in this privacy notice will be kept after all action on your claim has finished and the period required by the council for legal and audit purposes has passed. All information will be held securely and destroyed confidentially when retention date is reached.

YOUR RIGHTS

  • Data Inaccuracies- You have the right to request that any inaccuracies in your personal data be corrected. Please notify us in writing, what you believe is incorrect and what it should be replaced with. Write to Income & Awards, PO Box 71 Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 9AQ.   
  • Withdraw consent - If the processing of data is based on consent you can request the consent be withdrawn. Write to Income & Awards, PO Box 71 Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 9AQ.
  • Access to personal data -You may request access to personal data we hold about you. Subject access requests should be made in writing to the Data Protection Officer.

HOW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT

If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been processed you may in the first instance contact the Powys Data Protection Officer by writing to:

Data Protection Officer,
Powys County Hall,
Spar Road East,
Llandrindod Wells,
Powys,
LD1  5LG

Email: foi@powys.gov.uk

Telephone: 01597 826000

 

If you remain dissatisfied, then you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

www.ico.org.uk

DATA PROTECTION OFFICER

Below are the contact details of the Data Protection Officer:

Data Protection Officer,
Powys County Hall,
Spar Road East,
Llandrindod Wells,
Powys,
LD1  5LG

Email: foi@powys.gov.uk

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