5. Who we may share your information with
We will sometimes need to share information between Council departments and services as well as other organisations such as our partners, third party contractors, other local authorities, government bodies, the police, health and social care organisations, housing associations, and landlords. We will only share information with these organisations where it is appropriate and legal to do so.
Detect and prevent fraud or crime
Watford Borough Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may use any of the information you provide to us for the prevention and detection of fraud or may share with the Police if it is suspected that a crime may have been committed. We may also share this information with other bodies that are responsible for auditing or administering public funds including the Council’s external auditor, the Department for Work and Pensions, and other local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Police for example.
In addition to undertaking our own data matching to identify errors and potential frauds we are required to take part in national data matching exercises undertaken by the Cabinet Office. The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out under its powers in Part 6, Schedule 9 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned.
For more information see National Fraud Initiative web page.
Emergency response management
Data matching may also be used to assist the council in responding to emergencies or major incidents, by allowing the council, in conjunction with the emergency services, to identify individuals who may need additional support in the event of, for example, an emergency evacuation.