How We Use Your Data

Your personal information will be held and used in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

We may use any information you have provided in connection with this and any other claim for social security benefits that you have made or may make.

We may give some information to other organisations, such as government departments, local authorities and private sector companies such as banks and organisations that may lend you money, if the law allows this.

We may check information that you have provided or that has been provided about you against relevant information that we already hold to make sure that it is accurate (e.g. disclosing your information to the Electoral Registration Officer).

We may also lawfully disclose information to other public sector agencies and Credit Reference Agencies (for example to check on undeclared cohabiters), to:

  • Prevent or detect benefit fraud and any other crime
  • To support national fraud initiatives
  • To protect public funds