Housing options privacy notice

Updated: 21 July 2021

Our contact details

Name: Data Protection Officer

Address: Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD

Phone Number: 01344 352000

Email: dpo@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Bracknell Forest Council is registered as a controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

You can find us on the ICO website - our registration number is Z4971654.

The type of personal information we collect

We currently collect and process the following information:

  • names
  • gender
  • address history
  • dates of birth
  • proof of identity (documentation such as passport, birth certificate)
  • contact details (email and telephone)
  • next of kin details
  • personal and financial details of other household members
  • legal certificates
  • bank details including statements
  • income details including copies of pay slips, benefit award letters
  • other financial information such as debts 
  • tenancy history
  • GP details
  • nationality
  • evidence of immigration status 
  • National Insurance number
  • support needs
  • employment details
  • reasons why you are in a housing need

We also collect the following special category information:

  • race or ethnic origin
  • religious beliefs
  • sexual orientation
  • physical and mental health conditions
  • substance and alcohol misuse information
  • offending and other information relating to the criminal justice system

Criminal offence data will be processed under the 28 conditions of Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 2018  which are available for the processing of criminal offence data. These are set out in paragraphs 1 to 37.

How we get the personal information and why we have it

Information is collected from you as the service user by:

  • online forms
  • hard copy documents
  • email
  • telephone
  • face to face discussion

This information will be collected from either you directly as the data subject, or from a representative acting on your behalf.

Information may also be collected through third parties such as:

  • the police
  • children’s services
  • social care services
  • mental health services
  • hospitals
  • general practitioners
  • other local authorities
  • the housing benefit department
  • the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • landlords or hosts
  • the courts

We use the information that you have given us in order to determine the level of assistance and help you will be entitled to under Part VI and Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002 and the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017).

Under Part VI, the council has various duties in respect of the management of its housing register and the allocation of social housing.

The legislation requires the council to:

  • have an allocation scheme for determining priorities
  • define the procedures to be followed in allocating housing accommodation
  • allocate in accordance with that scheme

In framing its allocation scheme to determine allocation priorities, the council must make sure that reasonable preference is given to the certain categories of people as set out in the legislation.

Under Part VII, the council has various legal duties in respect of households that are homeless or threatened with homelessness. The legislation requires the council to:

  • take action to prevent homelessness
  • to provide assistance to people threatened with or actually homeless

This may include the provision of interim (emergency or temporary) accommodation.

Getting and holding information regarding the household is therefore a necessary action by the council in order to make enquiries for it to meet its legal obligations under this legislation.

How the law allows us to use your personal information

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the lawful basis we rely on for processing this information is to perform a public task.

The housing options service will process your information to comply with its legal obligations under the Housing Act and under a public task duty as per UK GDPR Articles 6 and 9. If we need consent for additional services we will make sure it is both informed and explicit.

Lawful basis for processing

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the lawful basis for processing is Article 6 UK GDPR:

  • (a) you have given consent
  • (b) process is necessary for the performance of a contract
  • (c) processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject
  • (e) a task carried out in the public interest

Special category data

Special category data is being processed under Article 9 UK GDPR:

  • (a) you have given your consent
  • (e) processing relates to personal data which are manifestly made public by the data subject

You can read the guide to lawful basis for processing special category data on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

Your consent

Where we do use consent to process your personal data, we will explain to you what we are asking you to agree to and why.

If we have consent to use your personal data, you have the right to remove it at any time.

If you want to remove your consent, please email community.safety@bracknell-forest.gov.uk and we will deal with your request.

If you remove your consent we are unlikely to be able to provide continued services to you.

Who we share your information with

Information held by the council may be shared with the following organisations:

  • other council departments including environmental health, housing benefit, children’s services and adult social care
  • other local authorities (education, social care children and relevant housing and employment and other services)
  • central government
  • multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) – for safeguarding concerns relating to children
  • multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) – relating to ex-offenders for the purposes of risk management
  • multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) and domestic abuse repeat incident meeting (DARIM) – relating to cases of domestic abuse for the purposes of risk management and safeguarding
  • other third-party organisations, as allowed by law
  • other partner agencies that provide services on our behalf
  • agencies with whom we have a duty to co-operate, such as the police
  • housing providers
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HM Court Services
  • health authorities
  • general practitioners
  • the cabinet office - for the purposes of a data matching exercise called the national fraud initiative - the purpose of this exercise is to detect fraud and error and the council is legally required to participate
  • elected members – to resolve queries when acting on your behalf

How we store your personal information

Your information is stored electronically on:

  • secure encrypted laptops
  • secure council housing and homelessness systems
  • shared drives for which access is restricted to the team for which the data is necessary

Data will not be kept for longer than is necessary and is kept in line with the council’s retention and disposal schedule. We will dispose your information by securely destroying any data we hold.

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights we need to make you aware of. The rights available to you depend on our reason for processing your information.

Your right of access

You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information. This right always applies. There are some exemptions, which means you may not always receive all the information we process.

Find out more about your right of access from the ICO.

Your right to get your data corrected

You have the right to ask us to correct information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete. This right always applies.

Find out more about your right to get your data corrected from the ICO.

Your right to get your data deleted

You have the right to ask us to delete your personal information in certain circumstances.

Find out more about your right to get your data deleted from the ICO.

Your right to limit how organisations use your data

You have the right to ask us to limit the processing of your information in certain circumstances.

Find out more about your right to limit how organisations use your data from the ICO.

Your right to object to the use of your data

You have the right to object to processing if we are able to process your information because the process forms part of our public tasks.

Find out more about your right to object to the use of your data from the ICO.

Your right to data portability

This only applies to information you have given us. You have the right to ask that we transfer the information you gave us from one organisation to another, or give it to you.

The right only applies if we are processing information based on your consent or for the performance of a contract, and the processing is automated.

Find out more about your right to data portability from the ICO.

Making a request

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have 28 days to respond to you.

To make a request, contact us by emailing: dpo@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Service adjustments

As a public authority and a provider of services to the public, we have a legal duty to comply with the Equality Act 2010.

This means we need to make service adjustments for anyone with a disability who contacts us in any capacity, to eliminate any barriers to accessing our services.

Our lawful basis for processing this information is article 6(1)(c) of the UK GDPR as we have a legal obligation to provide this. Our processing of special category data, such as health information you give us, will be based on article 9(2)(a), which means we need your consent.

We will create a record of your adjustment requirements. These will give your name, contact details and type of adjustment required, along with a brief description of why it is required. Relevant staff can access this to make sure they are communicating with you in the required way.

Please contact us should you require service adjustments.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at dpo@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data by:

  • visiting the ICO website
  • phoning the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113
  • writing to:
    • Information Commissioner’s Office
      Wycliffe House
      Water Lane
      SK9 5AF