You can find the corporate information sharing statement here.
In order to verify the validity of the information you provide and the accuracy of the Council's records the Council may compare the information provided on this website with information held by other departments within the Council.
This is necessary to improve customer records in order to make our record keeping more efficient and be able to provide relevant services more quickly across the County.
This will not contain extensive details of the services you have received. However, this will also act as an index to other Council systems, and be able to feed information into them, e.g. so you can tell us once of changes to your address and contact information.
The Council may also use the information you provide to allow the statistical analysis of data so we can plan and support the provision of services and also for data matching purposes, as explained below.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one service or organisation against other computer records held by the same or another body. This is usually personal information.
The Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers. The Council may therefore use the information you have provided to the Council for preventing and detecting fraud. It may do this by sharing the information you have provided with other departments in the Council and also with other bodies responsible for administering or auditing public funds.
Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
Data matching will be carried out in accordance with the principles of the Data Matching Code of Practice for the National Fraud Initiative.