Council receiving child benefit data from HMRC

Fiona Nicholson made this Freedom of Information request to Bradford City Council

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Dear Bradford City Council,

I am writing to request further information about the council's receiving child benefit data from HMRC. In the agenda pack for a recent meeting, the council said:

"5.4 We do not have a data sharing agreed with DWP but it has now been agreed with HMRC that we can be involved in their second phases, which began in Sheffield. This means they will share details of families who are in recived [receipt?] of child benefit, allowing us to cross reference that data with the information we hold on CYP in the district. The pilot will run from Jan – June 2017 and is likely our intelligence will increase during that pilot."

https://bradford.moderngov.co.uk/documen...
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Will the council get details from HMRC of ALL families receiving Child Benefit in the area.

Is this permissible within the current law, and if so, where is this set out?

However, if the council will NOT get details of all families receiving Child Benefit in the area, please could you tell me the criteria for selecting families.

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Nicholson

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Charlotte Long, Bradford City Council

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I am based in Sheffield.

On October 9th I asked Sheffield Troubled Families team (called "Successful Families") and Information Management the following question:

"I am writing to request further information about Sheffield's receipt of child benefit data from HMRC.

"5.4 We do not have a data sharing agreed with DWP but it has now been agreed with HMRC that we can be involved in their second phases, which began in Sheffield. This means they will share details of families who are in recived of child benefit, allowing us to cross reference that data with the information we hold on CYP in the district. The pilot will run from Jan – June 2017 and is likely our intelligence will increase during that pilot."

https://bradford.moderngov.co.uk/documen...
page 58

Does Sheffield council get details from HMRC of ALL families receiving Child Benefit in the area.

Is this permissible within the current law, and if so, where is this set out?"

Sheffield told me that they would treat this as a Freedom of Information request.

On October 18th Sheffield replied "We do not receive details of all children receiving child benefit, we only receive address details on those that we send to HMRC for cross checking"

I sent a follow up request the following day:

"I note that you say 'We do not receive details of all children receiving child benefit, we only receive address details on those that we send to HMRC for cross checking'

Please could you tell me whether you ask for addresses in relation to children who are known or believed not to have a school place, for example where you might not have up to date contact details."

On November 8th Sheffield replied:

"When families leave Sheffield from a Sheffield school and we don’t have a destination we send parents details to HMRC to try and establish their new address."

Dani Mistry, Bradford City Council

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Dear Fiona Nicholson

 

Please find attached response to your request.

 

Kind regards

 

Dani

 

Miss Dani Mistry
Information Governance Officer
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council- Department of Finance 
1st Floor Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1HX
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Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

Extract from response:
"BMDC will only receive data on children and families who are missing, and once CME referrals have been received and local enquiries have been exhausted.

Under Section 436A of the Education and Inspections Act 1996 all local authorities have a statutory responsibility to “make arrangements to enable them to establish (so far as it is possible to do so) the identities of children residing in their area who are not receiving a suitable education. In relation to children, by ‘suitable education’ we mean efficient full-time education suitable to her/his age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs the child may have.”

We will be working to a Memorandum of Agreement with HMRC which will be in place prior to any data sharing.

Information will only be requested if a CME referral is received and with all other agencies (eg health and schools) have been exhausted."

Dear Dani Mistry,

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Nicholson

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I asked HMRC whether LAs have to prove to HMRC they believe a child is at risk of significant harm, their response is here https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

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