The Isle of Wight Council as data controller will process your personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The personal details provided by you may be shared and verified with other departments within the Council for the recovery of any debts owed to the Council, for providing assistance in relation to tenancies, Local Assistance Scheme applications, Blue Badge Applications, maximising claimants’ income, bringing empty properties back into use and to identify persons responsible for Business Rates and/or Council Tax. The departments include Council Tax, Benefits, Parking Services, Business Rates, Electoral Registration, Housing Services, Supporting People, Blue Badge, Strengthening Families, Adult Social Services, Community Services Financial Assessment and Sundry Debts (including Housing Benefit overpayments).
The Council may also be required to disclose personal information to third parties (such as the Police or Department for Work and Pensions) for the purposes of preventing or detecting crime or apprehending or prosecuting offenders.
The Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use Council Tax, Housing Benefit, Blue Badge and Local Assistance Scheme information for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.
The Council is required under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 to participate in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercise that matches electronic data within and between public and private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud. Council Tax data will be provided to the Cabinet Office for NFI and will be used for cross-system and cross-authority comparison with other relevant organisations’ data for the prevention and detection of fraud. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.
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