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Disabled Facilities Grant - Privacy Notice

This web page explains how your information will be held about you and processed by the Grants Team.

You can also find out about the General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018 and your rights on the Council’s privacy web page link

This page contains information about: 

  • Who we are
  • Why we collect your personal information
  • The legal basis for using your information
  • Who we may share your information with
  • How you can access the information we hold about you
  • How long we keep information about you
  • Further information and Data Protection Officer 

Who we are 

BCP Council will be the Data Controller for the personal information you provide. Personal information can be anything that identifies and relates to a living person. This could be your name and contact details. As the Data Controller BCP Council will use your information to provide you with our services. 

Why we collect your personal information 

To assess and process applications for Disabled Facility Grants and for adaptations to properties under the Housing Grants, Construction, and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance)(England and Wales) Order 2002. 

Information we will collect about you

  • Name and address.
  • Telephone Number and or email address
  • National insurance number and date of birth.
  • Medical information.
  • Detail about your household
  • Proof of occupancy or ownership.
  • Proof of income, savings, capital investments, benefit payments, or passported benefits. 

We are not permitted to collect information we do not need or will not use. This document covers information you have provided direct to the Council and information which has been shared with us by other organisations. 

If we don’t need your personal information we will either keep your details anonymous, if we already have it for another service or we won’t ask you for it. If we use your personal information for research or analysis, we will always keep your details anonymous or use a fake name. 

We don’t sell your personal information to anyone else. 

The legal basis for using your information 

According to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 1998, we must have a reason to collect and use your information. 

These are: 

  • To deliver services and support you
  • To enable us to manage the services we provide
  • To train and manage our workers who deliver those services
  • To investigate any worries or complaints you may have about our services
  • To check the quality of our services
  • To help with research and planning of new services 

The legal reasons why we need to collect and use your personal information are set out below: 

Contract: you have entered into a contract with us

Legal obligation: it is required by law (Housing Grants, Construction, and Regeneration Act 1996)

Consent: you, or your legal representative, have given explicit consent 

Our services also need to use sensitive personal data called “special category data” which requires more protection to keep it safe. This is often information you would not want to be widely known and is very personal to you. This includes: 

  • Ethnicity
  • Physical or mental health
  • Criminal history 

We will take extra care of this data. The legal reasons for us to collect and use this personal information are: 

  • you, or your legal representative, have given explicit consent, you have entered into a contract with us
  • it is necessary to perform our statutory duties
  • it is necessary to protect someone in an emergency
  • it is necessary for legal cases
  • it is necessary to deliver health or social care services 
  • it is necessary for archiving, research, or statistical purposes 

Who we may share your information with 

We use a range of organisations to either store personal information or to help deliver our services to you. Sometimes we have a legal duty to provide your personal information to other organisations, for example the court service or HMRC. 

We may share your personal information with the following organisations

  • Housing benefits/Council tax
  • Department for work and Pensions
  • Your chosen agent, surveyor and/or contractor
  • Your Landlord and/or Managing Agents and neighbours who may have to give access permission
  • Adult Social Care including but not limited to your Occupational Therapist
  • Planning and building Control
  • Voluntary service acting on your behalf.
  • Your Solicitor and/or legal representatives
  • Your information will not be disclosed to any other organisations, except where we are required and allowed to by law.  

We may seek your consent if we are able to offer additional services which we believe are of benefit to you. This will be clearly communicated to you. We will only share your details with these organisations if we have your consent. We will not share your information otherwise.

Who do we collect information from?

  • You
  • Adult Social Care including your Occupational Therapist
  • Medical Consultants and practitioners
  • Housing Benefit/Council Tax
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Land Registry
  • Your landlord and/or Managing Agents and neighbours who may have to give access permission
  • Your Solicitor and/or legal representatives

Accessing the information we hold about you

You have the right to request, in writing, details of the information that is held about you and also the right to access a copy of the information. This may be by the Council providing copies of documents or by inviting you to view the records at one of its offices, if appropriate. Please see our webpage for further information about how to make a subject access request. 

BCP Council will not charge a fee to access your information. Sometimes there may be information that we are not allowed to show you, such as 

  • legal information or advice
  • crime prevention and detection records
  • information that we believe may be harmful to you and your well-being
  • details about or provided by other people – this is called third party information (e.g. information from the Police or Department for Work & Pensions) 

You may also ask us to

  • stop processing your information if this causes or might cause damage or distress
  • stop processing your information for direct marketing
  • make decisions about you using your information by automated means (e.g. using computers to decide on an entitlement)
  • amend any of your data which you feel is inaccurate. You can also ask for information to be blocked, erased or destroyed.
  • transfer your information electronically to another service provider.
  • consider a claim for compensation for any damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations. 

If you give consent for us to use your information, you may withdraw this at any time. However, this may affect our ability to continue to provide you with a service. 

How long we keep information about you

We will retain this information for 6 years from the last payment. 

Where a grant applicant has made a contribution to works this information will be held and taken into account for any further adaptations for a period of 10 years. 

Where a land registry charge has been placed on a property we will hold this information until the charge has been paid.

Where a local land charge has been placed on a property we will hold this information until the charge has been paid up to a maximum of ten years. 

Further information

If you have a concern about how we are using your information, we would ask you to contact us in the first instance using the address below: 

Deputy Director of Housing & Head of Customer

BCP Council

Town Hall

BH2 6DY 

Data Protection Officer

If you are not satisfied with a response to your concerns from the Service, our Data Protection Officer Vivian Bateman, can review any issues regarding Information Rights legislation if necessary. The Data Protection Officer can be contacted at the address below: 

Data Protection Officer

BCP Council Information Governance Team

Town Hall

Bournemouth

BH2 6DY 

Information Commissioner

For further information about Information Rights legislation, please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk or by telephone 0303 123 1113 

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