In order to conduct its business, services and duties, Westham Parish Council processes a wide range of data, relating to its own operations and some which it handles on behalf of partners. In broad terms, this data can be classified as:
Westham Parish Council will adopt procedures and manage responsibly all data which it handles and will respect the confidentiality of both its own data and that belonging to partner organisations it works with and members of the public. In some cases, it will have contractual obligations towards confidential data, but in addition will have specific legal responsibilities for personal and sensitive information under data protection legislation.
This Policy is linked to other Council policies which will ensure information considerations are central to the ethos of the organisation.
The Council will periodically review and revise this policy in the light of experience, comments from data subjects and guidance from the Information Commissioners Office.
The Council will be as transparent as possible about its operations and will work closely with public, community and voluntary organisations. Therefore, in the case of all information which is not personal or confidential, it will be prepared to make it available to partners and members of our communities.
Details of information which is routinely available is contained in the Council’s Publication Scheme which is based on the statutory model publication scheme for local councils.
Westham Parish Council recognises it must at times, keep and process sensitive and personal information about both employees and the public, it has therefore adopted this policy not only to meet its legal obligations but to ensure high standards.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which become law on 25th May 2018 and previously the Data Protection Act 1998, seek to strike a balance between the rights of individuals and the sometimes, competing interests of those such as the Parish Council with legitimate reasons for using personal information.
Data subject - means the person whose personal data is being processed. That may be an employee, prospective employee, associate or prospective associate of the Parish Council or someone transacting with it in some way, or an employee, Member or volunteer with one of our residents, or persons transacting or contracting with one of our residents when we process data for them.
Personal data - means any information relating to a natural person or data subject that can be used directly or indirectly to identify the person. It can be anything from a name, a photo, address, date of birth, email address, bank details, and posts on social networking sites or a computer IP address.
Sensitive personal data - includes information about racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, and religious or other beliefs, trade union membership, medical information, sexual orientation, genetic and biometric data or information related to offences or alleged offences where it is used to uniquely identify an individual.
Data controller - means a person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) (e.g. Parish Council, employer, council) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal data is to be processed.
Data processor - in relation to personal data, means any person (other than an employee of the data controller) who processes the data on behalf of the data controller.
Processing information or data - means obtaining, recording or holding the information or data or carrying out any operation or set of operations on the information or data, including:
Westham Parish Council processes personal data in order to:
Where appropriate and governed by necessary safeguards we will carry out the above processing jointly with other appropriate bodies from time to time.
The Council will ensure that at least one of the following conditions is met for personal information to be considered fairly processed:
Particular attention is paid to the processing of any sensitive personal information and the Council will ensure that at least one of the following conditions is met:
The Parish Council as a corporate body has ultimate responsibility for ensuring compliance with the Data Protection legislation. The Council has delegated this responsibility day to day to the Parish Clerk.
The Parish Council has also appointed an external Data Protection Officer to ensure compliance with Data Protection legislation who may be contacted at: www.satswana.com (07891 223443)
Westham Parish Council monitors the diversity of its employees, and Councillors, in order to ensure that there is no inappropriate or unlawful discrimination in the way it conducts its activities. It undertakes similar data handling in respect of prospective employees. This data will always be treated as confidential. It will only be accessed by authorised individuals within the Council and will not be disclosed to any other bodies or individuals. Diversity information will never be used as selection criteria and will not be made available to others involved in the recruitment process. Anonymised data derived from diversity monitoring will be used for monitoring purposes and may be published and passed to other bodies.
The Council will always give guidance on personnel data to employees, councillors, partners and volunteers through a Privacy Notice and ensure that individuals on whom personal information is kept are aware of their rights and have easy access to that information on request.
Appropriate technical and organisational measures will be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Areas unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.
The information provided (personal information such as name, address, email address, phone number) will be processed and stored so that it is possible for us to contact, respond to or conduct the transaction requested by the individual. By transacting with Westham Parish Council, individuals are deemed to be giving consent for their personal data provided to be used and transferred in accordance with this policy, however where ever possible specific written consent will be sought. It is the responsibility of those individuals to ensure that the Parish Council is able to keep their personal data accurate and up-to-date. The personal information will be not shared or provided to any other third party or be used for any purpose other than that for which it was provided.
General Data Protection Regulations (and Data Protection Act) Article 6 (1) (a) (b) and (e)
Processing is with consent of the data subject, or
Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation.
Processing is necessary for the legitimate interests of the Council.
The Council cares to ensure the security of personal data. We make sure that your information is protected from unauthorised access, loss, manipulation, falsification, destruction or unauthorised disclosure. This is done through appropriate technical measures and appropriate policies.
We will only keep your data for the purpose it was collected and only for as long as is necessary, after which it will be deleted.
We will not process any data relating to a child (under 13) without the express parental/ guardian consent of the child concerned.
Access to Information: an individual has the right to request access to the information we have on them. They can do this by contacting the Parish Clerk or Data Protection Officer:
Information Correction: If an individual believes that the information we have about them is incorrect, they may contact us so that we can update it and keep their data accurate. Please contact the Parish Clerk.
Information Deletion: If the individual wishes the Council to delete the information about them, they can ensure this is done by contacting the Parish Clerk.
Right to Object: If an individual believes their data is not being processed for the purpose it has been collected for, they may object by contacting the Parish Clerk or Data Protection Officer.
The Council does not use automated decision making or profiling of individual personal data.
Complaints: If an individual has a complaint regarding the way their personal data has been processed, they may make a complaint to the Parish Clerk, Data Protection Officer or the Information Commissioners Office firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0303 123 1113.
The Council will always give guidance on personnel data to employees through the Employee handbook.
The Council will ensure that individuals on whom personal information is kept are aware of their rights and have easy access to that information on request.
The Publication Scheme is a means by which the Council can make a significant amount of information available routinely, without waiting for someone to specifically request it. The scheme is intended to encourage local people to take an interest in the work of the Council and its role within the community.
In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this Scheme specifies the classes of information which the Council publishes or intends to publish.
All formal meetings of Council and its committees are subject to statutory notice being given on notice boards, the Website and sent to the local media. The Council publishes an annual programme in May each year. All formal meetings are open to the public and press and reports to those meetings and relevant background papers are available for the public to see. The Council welcomes public participation and has a public participation session on each Council and committee meeting. Details can be seen in the Council’s Standing Orders, which are available on its Website or at its Offices.
Occasionally, Council or committees may need to consider matters in private. Examples of this are matters involving personal details of staff, or a particular member of the public, or where details of commercial/contractual sensitivity are to be discussed. This will only happen after a formal resolution has been passed to exclude the press and public and reasons for the decision are stated. Minutes from all formal meetings, including the confidential parts are public documents.
The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 requires written records to be made of certain decisions taken by officers under delegated powers. These are not routine operational and administrative decisions such as giving instructions to the workforce or paying an invoice approved by Council, but would include urgent action taken after consultation with the Chairman, such as responding to a planning application in advance of Council. In other words, decisions which would have been made by Council or committee had the delegation not been in place.
The 2014 Regulations also amend the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 to allow the public or press to film, photograph or make an audio recording of council and committee meetings normally open to the public. The Council will, where possible, facilitate such recording unless it is being disruptive. It will also take steps to ensure that children, the vulnerable and members of the public who object to being filmed are protected without undermining the broader purpose of the meeting.
The Council will be pleased to make special arrangements on request for persons who do not have English as their first language or those with hearing or sight difficulties.
The Council will as necessary undertake checks on both staff and Members with the the Disclosure and Barring Service and will comply with their Code of Conduct relating to the secure storage, handling, use, retention and disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information. It will include an appropriate operating procedure in its integrated quality management system.
The Council has resolved to act in accordance with the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency (September 2011). This sets out the key principles for local authorities in creating greater transparency through the publication of public data and is intended to help them meet obligations of the legislative framework concerning information.
“Public data” means the objective, factual data on which policy decisions are based and on which public services are assessed, or which is collected or generated in the course of public service delivery.
The Code will therefore underpin the Council’s decisions on the release of public data and ensure it is proactive in pursuing higher standards and responding to best practice as it develops.
The principles of the Code are:
Demand led: new technologies and publication of data should support transparency and accountability
Open: the provision of public data will be integral to the Council’s engagement with residents so that it drives accountability to them.
Timely: data will be published as soon as possible following production.
Government has also issued a further Code of Recommended Practice on Transparency, compliance of which is compulsory for parish councils with turnover (gross income or gross expenditure) not exceeding £25,000 per annum. These councils will be exempt from the requirement to have an external audit from April 2017. Westham Parish Council exceeds this turnover but will never the less ensure the following information is published on its Website for ease of access:
Adopted by Westham Parish Council on 21 May 2018
Review Date: May 2019