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This section provides current information on housing developments and consultations.

Where does your rent money go?

The Council is committed to providing tenants with a good value for money service and we show below just how your rent money is being spent.  You will see that over 70 pence in every pound collected is being spent on Repairs, Maintenance and Planned Investment work on tenants' homes.

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Where your money goes

If you have any further queries or views you would like to express on your rent, you can tell us what you think by using the contact details on this page or by contacting your local housing office. You can also find more information on housing services by visiting housing page

 

Fair Processing Notice

This authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Cabinet Office currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in the Cabinet Office's guidance, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-fraud-initiative

From 1 April 2015, responsibility for NFI passed from the Audit Commission to the Cabinet Office. The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998 or GDPR.

The existing code of data matching practice will continue in effect until the Minister for the Cabinet Office issues a new code. This may be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-data-matching-practice-for-national-fraud-initiative

For further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fair-processing-national-fraud-initiative/fair-processing-level-3-full-text.

For further information on data matching at this authority contact Liz Calder, Telephone: 01506 280000, Email: liz.calder@westlothian.gov.uk