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Council Tax policies

Privacy notice

Cheshire West and Chester Council will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Re-use of Council Tax data

The council has a duty to protect the public funds it administers and the law allows us to disclose your information for the purpose of preventing or detecting fraud or any other crime. 

We participate in the National Fraud Initiative and your Council Tax information may be provided to the Audit Commission and used for cross system and cross authority comparison for the prevention and detection of fraud.

We may also share basic information (die example name and contact details) with other council services to improve working practices and the delivery of our services.  This would only happen on a strictly controlled and regulated basis and if it:

  • Helps you to access our services more easily
  • Promotes the more efficient and cost effective delivery of services
  • Helps us to recover any monies that you owe us
  • Helps to ensure the information we hold is correct.

Data matching to prevent fraud

Data matching involves comparing records held by one body against other records held by the same or another body and allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified and investigated. 

We use third parties to verify the information we hold about you for the purposes of the levy and collection of Council Tax.  For example, we compare records to prevent and detect erroneous claims for single person council tax discount.

Statutory authority

We will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for other purposes, unless the law allows us to.

Council Tax reduction scheme policies 2019/2020

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