Revenues service privacy notice

The purpose of this privacy notice is to explain how we collect personal information, why we are allowed to do this and how we will process it.

Who is the data controller for the information I provide?

Liverpool City Council is the data controller in relation to the information you provide.

Why we collect your data

Council Tax

Liverpool City Council, as a Billing Authority, collects and holds information in order for us to fulfill our statutory duties in relation to Council Tax. We are authorised to do this under the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992.

The information that we collect and hold will be a combination of personal and non-personal information, allowing us to maintain an accurate register of Council Taxpayers and to collect the Council Tax.

In order to carry out our functions under Part 1 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 we are entitled to use any information obtained by Liverpool City Council under any other enactment, provided that it was not obtained for Police purposes.

Business Rates

Liverpool City Council, as a Billing Authority, collects and holds information in order for us to fulfill our statutory duties. We are authorised to do this under the Local Government Finance Act 1988.

The information that we collect and hold will be both personal and non-personal information, allowing us to establish responsibility for Business Rates.

In order to carry out our functions under Part 1 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 we are entitled to use any information obtained by Liverpool City Council under any other enactment, provided that it was not obtained for Police purposes.

What is the legal process for collecting and processing this data?

The Revenues Service collects and processes information under Article 6 of the General Data Protection Regulations as we have a lawful right to do this as indicated above. The information that we collect and process is that which is necessary to fulfil our Statutory Duties to maintain an accurate register of Council Taxpayers and Business Ratepayers for the purposes of collecting Council Tax and Business Rates.

Consent

In certain circumstances we may require your consent to obtain and process information. Where this is necessary we will ask for your consent, tell you why consent is required and be clear as to what the information will be used for.

In these circumstances you will have the right to withdraw your consent at any time and ask us to erase the information that you provided under that consent. 

What information we may collect

We will collect personal information about you and your household. This information will include:

  • Details about you, such as, your name, address and other residents in your household.
  • Your residency status.
  • Details of your income and expenditure.
  • Other relevant information such as the name and address of your landlord.

We will use this information to administer your Council Tax records and to assess the level of Council Tax that you should pay. We may check some of the information with other sources to ensure the information you have provided is accurate.

Do I have to provide this information and what will happen if I don’t?

If a person fails to supply certain information we have requested within 21 days of the request for the information or within 21 days of a change which affects Council Tax registration or an entitlement to a discount or exemption, or knowingly supplies inaccurate information in purported compliance with such a request, we may impose a penalty of £70 on them.

Where a penalty has been imposed and a further request to supply the same information is made again and is not properly complied with, we may impose a further penalty of £280, and may do so each time it repeats the request and the person concerned does not properly comply with it. There is no limit to the number of times this penalty can be imposed.

Who will your information be shared with?

To fulfil our statutory duties in maintaining an up to date register of Council Taxpayers and collecting Council Tax we may share your information with other parties.

For example if a Council Taxpayer does not pay their Council Tax we may ask an Enforcement Agent to collect the tax due. To fulfil this purpose we will provide some personal data to an Enforcement Agency.

We will also share information with the Police, law enforcement, tax authorities or other government and fraud prevention agencies as requested when we are required to by law.

Receiving information from other parties

Occasionally we are provided with information by other parties. For example a landlord may inform us of a tenant who has moved in to a property in Liverpool.

If we receive information about you we will retain this where we are legally allowed to do so and process this to update our Council Tax or Business Rates records. Unless the information has been provided anonymously, we will tell you where we received the information from if you wish to know.

How long will you keep this information for?

We will only keep your information for as long as it is required to deliver the services that we provide. Please see What we do with your data for the council's full retention schedule.

How will my information be stored?

Your information will be stored securely on our computer databases. Access to these databases will be restricted to those who are entitled to view and process your data.

Source of the data if we are recipient and hold it for others

We receive and hold information from other Council Services and external organisations. This information is required for us to establish who is responsible to pay Council Tax and the level of Tax that should be paid.

Will this information be used to take automated decisions about me? 

No, we do not use automated decision making.

Will my data be transferred abroad?

No, your data will not be transferred abroad.

What rights do I have when it comes to my data?

 You have a number of rights that are set out on the How to access your data page of this section.

Where can I get advice?

View our Help and advice page for more information.