Free School Meals Applications

Data Controller – Somerset Council.

Data Protection Officer contact –

Purpose for processing – the information requested will be used for processing your children’s free school meals claim.

Legal basis for processing – we are processing your personal data because we are required to do so by law.

By law – Education Act 1996.

Legitimate interests – Somerset Council will also use your data for the purposes of monitoring quality, auditing and for dealing with any enquiries or complaints.

Data sharing – the personal data provided will only be disclosed to staff in the local authority who have a right of access and where appropriate, any school that your children attends, as well as Somerset Council’s software supplier and the Department for Education.

Transfers abroad – this data is held within the EU and is accessible by the approved application provider.

Data retention – the personal data supplied on this form will be retained for as long as is necessary to meet our statutory requirements and legitimate interests and it will be disposed of in a manner appropriate to its sensitivity.

Your rights – you have the right to ask Somerset Council for a copy of your data, the right to rectify or erase your personal data, and the right to object to processing. However, these rights are only applicable if the council has no other legal obligation concerning that data.

You also have the right to complain to the regulator – Information Commissioner’s Office (IOC).

Consequences: If you do not supply this information to us, we will not be able to process your application for free school meals.

For more information see our Privacy notices page.

Last reviewed: August 22, 2023 by Mark

Next review due: February 22, 2024

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