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What we do with the information you give us when you use our Housing options Team team for homelessness and prevention.

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Your Rights

You have specific rights in relation to the data that you provide to the Council. To find out more, including how to make a request, please see our Information Rights page.

Privacy Notice

Services covered by this privacy notice – Housing – Homelessness and Prevention Services

Purpose of the processing

Somerset Council has statutory duties under housing and homelessness legislation. We process the personal data that we collect about you because it is necessary for us to comply with our legal obligation to assess an applicant’s circumstances in order to provide homelessness and prevention services.

Legal basis for processing personal data

  • Legal obligation
  • Public task

Categories of personal data being processed

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number
  • National Insurance Number
  • Passport Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Dependants
  • Financial circumstances
  • Support needs

Special categories of personal data being processed (if appropriate)

  • Race
  • Ethnic Origin (including Nationality)
  • Health (mental or physical)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Criminal convictions or offences

Legal basis for processing special categories of personal data – Substantial public interest

Who the data might be shared with

We may share your personal information with third party services to help with your housing issue (depending on your situation).

We may be required to share your personal information with other data controllers with a data sharing agreement in place, such as:

  • Other local authorities
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Health professionals
  • Social Services
  • Landlords/agents
  • Support agencies
  • Educational services
  • The armed forces
  • Prison services
  • Emergency health services
  • The Police
  • Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
  • Ministry of Justice

With your agreement, we may also share information with your family/friends/support workers to help us assess and progress your request for housing assistance.

Your personal data may also be shared with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government for the purpose of evaluating and researching homelessness nationally.

See the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government Privacy Notice (PDF 192KB) for further information.

How long will the data be kept for

6 years

Last reviewed: February 28, 2024 by Ian

Next review due: August 28, 2024

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