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Council tax and data protection

Date updated: 3/08/2021

The City of London Corporation is a data controller, and processes the personal data you provide, in accordance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. For full details of how and why the City of London Corporation processes personal data, please refer to the full privacy notice, along with the relevant departmental layers, or contact us to request a hard copy. Please direct all data protection queries to the information compliance team.

The City Corporation has a statutory duty to administer the collection of council tax in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and subsequent regulations. 

This authority also has a duty to protect public funds it administers, and may use information held about you for the prevention and detection of fraud and other lawful purposes. This may include, but not be limited to, matching council tax data with electoral registration records and credit reference checks. The council will also use the information for the purpose of performing any of its statutory enforcement duties. It will make any disclosures required and may make any disclosures permitted by law and may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds. We will not disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.

National Fraud Initiative

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is an exercise managed by The Cabinet Office, a ministerial department of central Government; the NFI exercise matches electronic data within, and between public and some private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud and/or error. As part of this NFI exercise, claims for council tax discounts, such as a single occupier discount are cross checked against databases provided to the NFI by the City of London and other participating bodies. This will include, but not be limited to, matching council tax data with electoral registration records and credit reference agency data.