The Council respects your privacy rights and is committed to ensuring that it protects your details, the information about your dealings with the Council and other information about you available to the Council ("your information").

Unless you are told otherwise, the Council will use your information to:

  • deal with your requests and administer its departmental functions
  • meet its statutory obligations
  • prevent and detect fraud
  • conduct its own surveys and research

The Council may share your information (but only the minimum amount of information necessary to do the above and only where it is lawful to do so) with:

  • other departments within the Council (including the Councillors)
  • central government departments
  • The Audit Commission
  • law enforcement agencies
  • other organisations which deal with, or handle, public funds
  • organisations set up under Acts of Parliament
  • organisations which provide community services
  • contractors that process data on our behalf

The Council may also use and disclose information, in ways which do not identify individuals, for research and strategic development purposes.

The Council does not automatically capture or store personal information about you when you visit this site. The only information the Council collects on this website is the information you choose to provide (in other words: on any form posted on this website which you decide to fill in), including any email address which you use.

We want to improve our website so we need to evaluate how it is used. To measure and analyse information about visits to our website we use Google Analytics. This product uses your IP address to collect, among other things, Internet traffic data, website usage, and data about your browser type. For more information about Google Analytics, see the Google Analytics website.

We also use cookies on this site, but we don't collect any personal information which we can use to identify you. For more information see How we use cookies.

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives legal rights to individuals in respect to personal data held about them.

Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal requirement to ensure that all personal information is kept secure, accurate, up to date, and is only used for the purposes it was collected, subject only to exceptions specified in the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Information Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that individuals and organisations look after your personal data in keeping with the law. You can read more about data protection on Information Commissioner's Office.