This privacy notice relates to the self-isolation payment. It applies to information provided by post, email, telephone and online. This notice should be read in conjunction with the notice for Revenues and Benefits, which also applies.
The data controller
The data controller is:
- Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Town Hall, Coton Road, Nuneaton CV11 5AA, United Kingdom
We will store the data in our computer and manual record systems and restrict access according to relevant policies and procedures.
We collect and process the personal data that you provide to us when completing your application for a self-isolation support payment, which may include:
- Full name
- Full residential address
- Email address
- Mobile telephone number
- Home telephone number
- Proxy applicant details (as above where you may nominate someone else to complete this application on your behalf)
- Employer name and address
- NHS notification number (the unique reference you will be given by NHS Test and Trace Service to self-isolate)
- Bank account details
- Your National Insurance Number
- Proof of self-employment e.g. recent business bank statement (within the last two months), most recent set of accounts or evidence of self-assessment
Source and categories of personal data
We will obtain data from the NHS Test and Trace Service to confirm that you have either tested positive for COVID-19 or you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. As this data is related to your health it is referred to as ‘special category data’.
You or your nominated representative will also provide us with additional personal data in relation to your application for a Self-Isolation Payment.
What we use your personal data for
We will carry out checks with the NHS Test and Trace Service and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), for verification purposes, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), for tax and National Insurance purposes, and potentially with your employer in validating your application.
Information relating to your application will also be sent to the DHSC to help understand public health implications, allow us to carry out anti-fraud checks and determine how well the scheme is performing.
We will not share this data with other organisations or individuals for any other purpose.
We will provide information to HMRC in relation to any payments we make because Self-Isolation Payments are subject to tax and National Insurance contributions. If you are self-employed, you will need to declare the payment on your self-assessment tax return.
Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme
To validate your bank account details, we need to share relevant information you have given us with TransUnion. This will be used to ensure your Test and Trace Support Payment is paid to the correct bank account and to help prevent fraudulent use of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.
This is not a credit check and will not impact your credit rating.
For more information on how TransUnion may use your data, please visit https://www.transunion.co.uk/legal/privacy-centre
Our lawful basis for processing the personal data
We must have a legal basis to process your personal data. Our lawful basis in the processing that we’ll undertake in assessing your eligibility for, and in making any self-isolation payment to you, is based on a legal obligation.
Where we use personal information to confirm that someone is eligible for a self-isolation payment, the sections of the law that apply are:
- GDPR Article 6(1)(e) – processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller
- GDPR Article 9(2)(i) – processing is necessary for reasons of public interest in the area of public health, such as protecting against serious cross-border threats to health or ensuring high standards of quality and safety of healthcare
- Data Protection Act 2018 Schedule 1 Part 1 (2) - health or social care purposes
Separately, we have special permission from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to use confidential patient information without people’s consent for the purposes of diagnosing, recognising trends, controlling and preventing, and monitoring and managing communicable diseases and other risks to public health.
This is known as a ‘section 251’ approval and includes, for example, using your test results if you test positive for COVID-19 to start the contact-tracing process.
The part of the law that applies here is section 251 of the National Health Service Act 2006 and Regulation 3 of the associated Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002.
You can find more information on this via the NHS Contact Tracing Privacy Notice.
Data Processors and other recipients of your data
These are the recipients with which your personal data is shared:
- Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for tax and National insurance purposes
- Your employer for verification checks purposes
Personal data disposal and retention
We will only keep your personal data for as long as it is needed for the purposes of the COVID-19 emergency, and for audit and payment purposes.
You can find more information about how we use personal information and your rights at www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/privacy.
Last updated Friday, 16th April 2021