Credit Check Investigation

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Dear Bradford City Council,

1. Do you have an contract in place to purchase credit checks, or a purchase history from any of the following credit reference agencies?
(Call Credit/TransUnion, Equifax, Experian or Other(Please specify))

If so, can you please provide the following information.
2. Date that your agreement expires
3. Quantity of Credit Checks Purchased
4. Cost of Credit checks (Ideally cost per credit check)
5. What activities/services use these credit checks

6. Can you please outline how the results from these credit checks are generally stored by the council. For example are they in PDF format, or does your supplier have a software platform that you log into?

7. Finally, can you please inform me if you use credit checks to verify Single Person Discount claims for Council Tax? If so, is this done internally by the council, or do you outsource this work to a third party?

For avoidance of doubt, I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act. I await your response within 20 working days.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

T Gregory

Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

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Dear Mr Gregory,
 
Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI
Act)
 
Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 29/09/2020 This matter is
now receiving our attention and we aim to have a response out to you by
16/10/2020, within the period of 20 working days allowed for disclosure.
 
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of the information.  We will also provide an explanation if any
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Dear  T Gregory

 

I refer to your request for information dated 25th September 2020 under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

Unfortunately, it is taking longer than anticipated to retrieve the
information you have requested and therefore, we need to extend the time
limit for responding.

 

Please accept our apologies, we hope to have our response to you by 30th
October 2020 although we will endeavour to do so before this date.  If you
have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Corporate
Information Governance team quoting the above reference number.

 

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Protection Act 2018. The Council takes its responsibilities under the Act
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Regards

 

Amanda Lyth

Information Governance Officer

Finance, IT & Procurement Service

 

Telephone Number: 01274 434506

Email: [Bradford City Council request email]

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Department of Corporate Resources

City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY

 

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Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

Dear Sir / Madam

 

I refer to your request dated 25^th September 2020 under the Freedom of
Information Act asking to supply the following information:

 

1. Do you have an contract in place to purchase credit checks, or a
purchase history from any of the following credit reference agencies?

(Call Credit/TransUnion, Equifax, Experian or Other(Please specify))

The information requested is already in the Public domain and can be found
in the Contract & Grants Register:
 [1]http://bradshare.bradford.gov.uk/CntrctG...

If so, can you please provide the following information.

 2.      Date that your agreement expires

The information requested is already in the Public domain and can be found
in the Contract & Grants Register:
 [2]http://bradshare.bradford.gov.uk/CntrctG...

 3.      Quantity of Credit Checks Purchased

12,000 a year

 4.      Cost of Credit checks (Ideally cost per credit check)

The information requested is already in the Public domain and can be found
in the Contract & Grants Register:
  [3]http://bradshare.bradford.gov.uk/CntrctG...

5.      What activities/services use these credit checks

Council Tax & Benefits Service, Business Rates & Accounts Receivable.

6. Can you please outline how the results from these credit checks are
generally stored by the council. For example are they in PDF format, or
does your supplier have a software platform that you log into?

PDF document.

 7. Finally, can you please inform me if you use credit checks to verify
Single Person Discount claims for Council Tax? If so, is this done
internally by the council, or do you outsource this work to a third
party?

We do use credit reference checks as part of the process when completing
Single Person Discount reviews. This has previously been completed in-
house and externally.

 

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, if you are not
satisfied with the reply to your request you can ask for a review. A
request for a review must be submitted within 40 working days in writing
to the Corporate Information Governance Team, City of Bradford
Metropolitan District Council, City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1
1HY or by emailing [4][Bradford City Council request email].

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you
have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be
contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113 URL: [5]www.ico.org.uk.

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is registered with the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) under the provisions of the Data
Protection Act 2018. The Council takes its responsibilities under the Act
very seriously.  To find out more on how we handle your information,
please click on the following link:
[6]https://www.bradford.gov.uk/privacy-notice

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Amanda Lyth

Information Governance Officer

 

Finance, IT & Procurement Service

 

Tel: 01274 431322

[mobile number]

City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Department of Corporate Resources

 

Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film

 

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must not disclose, distribute, copy, print or rely on any of the
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software viruses, any attachments to this email may nevertheless contain
viruses which our anti-virus software has failed to identify. You should
therefore carry out your own anti-virus checks before opening any
documents. Bradford Council will not accept any liability for damage
caused by computer viruses emanating from any attachment or other document
supplied with this email. Emails may be subject to recording and / or
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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thanks you for your response to my FOI request, unfortunately the link provided for the contracts and grants register doesn't seem to be working, I have had a check on your website but haven't been able to easily find the contracts and grants register. Could you double check that the links provided are correct please?

Yours sincerely,

T Gregory

Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

If you have submitted a request for information under the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act or a Subject Access Request (SAR) for your own
information, please note you may experience a delay in receiving your
response. This is due to the Council diverting their resources to help
with other challenges at this unprecedented time

 

 

Thank you for contacting the City of Bradford Metropolitan District
Council Corporate Information Governance Team.  We confirm that we have
received your correspondence.

 

If you have submitted a Freedom of Information or Environmental
Information Regulation request – we will respond to your request in
accordance with the appropriate legislation (20 working days). 

 

If we require further information from you before we process your request,
we will contact you directly to ask for this. 

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is registered with the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) under the provisions of the Data
Protection Act 2018.  If you would like further information please click
on the following link: [1]Privacy notice | Bradford Council

                                              

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viruses which our anti-virus software has failed to identify. You should
therefore carry out your own anti-virus checks before opening any
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Please accept our apologies for the link not working. I have checked it and repasted it below and it appears to be working. You will need to press Control and Click at the same time to follow the link.

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Kind Regards

Amanda Lyth
Information Governance Officer
 
Finance, IT & Procurement Service

Tel: 01274 431322
[mobile number]
City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Corporate Resources

Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film

This email, and any attachments, may contain Protected or Restricted information and is intended solely for the individual to whom it is addressed. It may contain sensitive or protectively marked material and should be handled accordingly. If this email has been misdirected, please notify the author immediately. If you are not the intended recipient you must not disclose, distribute, copy, print or rely on any of the information contained in it or attached, and all copies must be deleted immediately. Whilst we take reasonable steps to try to identify any software viruses, any attachments to this email may nevertheless contain viruses which our anti-virus software has failed to identify. You should therefore carry out your own anti-virus checks before opening any documents. Bradford Council will not accept any liability for damage caused by computer viruses emanating from any attachment or other document supplied with this email. Emails may be subject to recording and / or monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation.

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