Privacy Notices - UK Community Renewal Fund in Swindon Privacy Notice


This privacy notice covers how Swindon Borough Council (as a Data Controller) will collect, use and share your personal data for the purposes of managing the UK Community Renewal Fund in the Borough of Swindon.

What is a Privacy Notice?

A Privacy Notice is a statement issued by an organisation which explains how personal and confidential data about individuals is collected, used and shared.

Who is collecting and using your personal data?

Swindon Borough Council will act as a “Data Controller” for any personal data that you provide to us.  We will ensure that the data given to us is processed in line with our Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 18) and the EU General Data Protection Regulations. (GDPR)

To find out more about Swindon Borough Council’s data protection policies please contact our Data Protection Officer. or in writing to Data Protection Officer, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 2JH.

Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”).

What personal data do we collect?

The categories of personal data being collected are:

  • the name of the person managing the bid to the UK Community Renewal Fund on behalf of your organisation
  • their telephone number (which may be that of your organisation)
  • their email address (which may be that of your organisation)
  • their postal address (which may be that of your organisation)
  • the name of your Senior Responsible Officer in respect of the bid.
How do we process your personal data?

We comply with our obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

Why do we need your personal information?

We collect and use your personal information as an essential part of the UK Community Renewal Fund bidding process, so that we can contact you regarding your bid and for monitoring purposes. If you are successful, it will also be used so that we can pay you your grant. We may also use it to contact you about matters specific to the Fund.

The information that you provide will be processed according to the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018, the UK Internal Market Act 2020, the Industrial Development Act 1982 and the Local Government Act 2000.

We will also make any disclosures required by law and we may also share this information with other bodies responsible for detecting/preventing fraud/crime or auditing/administering public funds to ensure money is targeted and spent in the most appropriate and cost effective way. In order to achieve this, information will be shared with our Internal Audit Service within Swindon Borough Council and with The Auditor General for Wales.  We will not make any disclosures to third parties for marketing purposes.

Your data will be secure and confidential at all times and we will only collect the personal information that is required to provide you with our service.

How the law allows us to use your information?

The UK General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) requires specific conditions to be met to ensure that the processing of your personal data is lawful.  These relevant conditions are below:

  • Article 6(1)(e) Public task: the processing is necessary for us to perform a task in the public interest or for our official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.
Who do we share your information with?

Personal data from shortlisted applications will be shared with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who will act as Joint Data Controllers with Swindon Borough Council in respect of these applications.  Please refer to the separate Privacy Notice issued by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

In addition, we may need to share your personal data with internal departments, other organisations and third parties, this may include:

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT)
  • Cabinet Office
  • Office of the Secretary of State for WalesOffice of the Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Northern Ireland Office
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Department of International Trade

The data may also be shared with departments in the Devolved Administrations (Welsh Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Assembly), and contractors where they are used for monitoring purposes, to evaluate the programme. Their contract will set out what they are permitted to do with personal data.

Swindon Borough Council has a duty to protect the public fund it manages. Therefore, the information that you have provided to us will be used for the prevention and detection of fraud and for auditing purposes both internally and externally. The Council’s Internal Audit Service will share the personal information we have collected from you with fraud prevention agencies who will use it to prevent fraud and money-laundering and to verify your identity. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance, or employment.

Further details of how your information will be used by us and these fraud prevention agencies, and your data protection rights, can be found by visiting

How do we protect your information?

We will do what we can to make sure we hold records about you (on paper and electronically) in a secure way, and we will only make them available to those who have a right to see them.

Examples of our security include:

  • encryption, meaning that information is hidden so that it cannot be read without special knowledge (such as a password). This is done with a secret code, or what is called a 'cypher'. The hidden information is said to then be 'encrypted'.
  • pseudonymisation, meaning that we will use a different name so we can hide parts of your personal information from view. This means that someone outside of the Council could work on your information for us without ever knowing it was yours.
  • controlling access to systems and networks allows us to stop people who are not allowed to view your personal information from getting access to it
  • training for our staff allows us to make them aware of how to handle information and how and when to report when something goes wrong
  • regular testing of our technology and ways of working including keeping up to date on the latest security updates (commonly called patches)
How long do we keep your personal information?

Swindon Borough Council will only keep your information for as long as is necessary. How long this will be will depend whether your bid to the UK Community Renewal Fund is successful.  If your bid is shortlisted by Swindon Borough Council for submission to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and is awarded funding by the Ministry then your personal data will be held for up to two years from the closure of the bidding process. This is currently estimated to be by the end of July 2023. 

If your bid is not shortlisted for submission to the Ministry, or if the Ministry decides not to award funding then your personal data will be erased at the conclusion of the bidding process. This is currently anticipated to be by the end of July 2021.

Your information will be securely disposed of once it is no longer required.

What you can do with your information?

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018, you have rights as an individual including:

  • the right to Rectification – you have the right to ask to have your information corrected
  • the right to Restrict processing may apply – you may request that we stop processing your personal data however, this may delay or prevent us delivering a service to you. We will seek to comply with your request but may be required to hold or process information to comply with our legal duties.
  • the right to Object – this is not an absolute right and will depend on the reason for processing your personal information
  • the right to Erasure - you may request that we erase your personal data however, this may delay or prevent us delivering a service, or continuing to deliver a service. We will seek to comply with your request but may be required to hold or process information to comply with our legal duties.
  • the right to not be subject to Automated decision making and profiling
  • the right of Access – you have the right to ask us for copies of your personal data. 

To make a request, please contact:

Access to Records
Swindon Borough Council
Civic Offices
Euclid St


Your right to complain

Swindon Borough Council endeavours to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information.  For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this seriously. We encourage people to bring to our attention if they believe that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. 

This privacy notice does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of our collection and use of personal information.  However we are happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent to the Council’s Data Protection Officer, at   or by calling 01793 445500 and asking to speak to the Data Protection Officer.

If you want to make a complaint about the way we have processed your personal information, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office as the statutory body which oversees data protection law:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 (if you prefer to use a national rate number).
Tel: 0303 123 1113

Alternatively, email  

What if you do not provide personal data?

You are under no statutory obligation to provide personal data to Swindon Borough Council during the bidding process.

However, if you do not provide the data, we may not be able to process your application properly or at all.

How will we ensure compliance?

We keep our privacy notice under regular review.

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