Council Tax Privacy Notice (Milton Keynes Council)

 

This Privacy Notice works in conjunction with Milton Keynes Council’s Corporate Privacy Notice

Who we are and what we do?

Milton Keynes Council, Revenues and Benefits Service maintain databases to ensure efficient and effective billing, collection and recovery of Council Tax.

Why we need your information and how we use it

The Council uses your personal information in order to administer and enforce Council Tax under the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992.

We use your information for purposes of administering Council Tax (setting up your account for billing purposes, discounts, exemptions etc.)

We have a duty to protect public funds we administer, and may use information held about you for all lawful purposes, including and not limited to the prevention and detection of fraud, and protecting public funds in investigating misuse of public money.

In order to assess your liability we collect information about you, your property that you occupy/own.  

This information includes; name, address, contact details, details of occupancy/lease/freehold interests in a property, bank details, and any other information required to assess and administer your Council Tax liability.

The information that you provide will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and relevant legislation. This authority has a duty to protect public funds it administers, and may use information held about you for all lawful purposes, including and not limited to the prevention and detection of fraud, and the matching Council Tax data with electoral registration records.

Who your information may be shared with (internally and externally)

By law we must give out some information if we are asked - for example by the Valuation Office Agency (part of HM Revenue & Customs).

Information may be shared with other departments at Milton Keynes Council. It may also be shared with other agencies in accordance with prevailing Data Protection statute for the detection and prevention of fraud and crime.

We will also use the information for the purpose of performing any of our statutory enforcement duties and to collect outstanding debts including the sharing of data with Enforcement Agents acting on behalf of the Council.  Make any disclosures required by law and may also share this information with other bodies responsible for detecting/preventing fraud or auditing/ administering public funds. We may share the details with other organisations that handle public funds and assist in the processing of other benefits

How information about you will be used

The council will also use the information for the purpose of performing any of its statutory enforcement duties.  It will make any disclosures required by law and may also share this information with other bodies responsible for detecting/preventing fraud or auditing/administering public funds.

How long we keep your information

We only keep information for as long as it is needed.  Information is retained until it is no longer relevant. For example information may be kept in order to review customer’s entitlement to a discount or exemption.

We will not disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.

For further information regarding our Data Protection policy and guidelines check our data protection page 

Your rights - How you can access, update or correct your information

You have the right to request we cease processing your personal data in relation to any council service.  Where possible, we will seek to comply with your request but there may be some situations where we will not be able to do this (e.g. where Milton Keynes Council is required to hold or process information to comply with a legal requirement).

You are also legally entitled to request access to any records held by the council about yourself, this is called a Subject Access Request (SAR).  Find out more on how to make a Subject Access Request.

The accuracy of your information is important to us to be able to provide relevant services more quickly.  We are working to make our record keeping more efficient.  In the meantime, if you change your address or email address, or if any of your circumstances change or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please email us or write to us.

 

Last Updated: 11 September 2018