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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.

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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 DataLegal obligation
Public Task
Categories of Personal Data being Processed
  • Name
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number
  • NI 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 DataSubstantial public Interest
    Who is the data shared withWe 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 (MOJ)
  • 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 (MHCLG) for the purpose of evaluating and researching homelessness nationally. See the MHCLG Privacy Notice (PDF 192KB) for further information.

    How long will the data be kept for6 years

    Last reviewed: August 2, 2023 by Neil

    Next review due: February 2, 2024

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