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Craig Ashcroft

Dear Lancashire County Council,

Who is responsible for the conduct of Marston Holdings Enforcement Officers , instructed to recover LCC debts, who are self employed?

What does the contract between LCC and Marston Holdings state regarding responsibility in the event one of these self employed agents break the law?

What protection, if any, is offered to the members of the public whose private information falls into these self employed men’s hands?

Kind regards

Yours faithfully,

Craig Ashcroft

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Good Afternoon,

 

Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000)

 

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you request the disclosure of information.

 

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Dear Mr Ashcroft,

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

We are sorry for the delay in responding to the below FOI. Further to your
request for information, made under the provisions of the above Act,
please see below our response.

 

Request and response:

 

Who is responsible for the conduct of Marston Holdings Enforcement
Officers , instructed to recover LCC debts, who are self-employed?

 

Self-employed Agents are certificated and authorised by the Court. When a
SE Agent acts on behalf of Marston they must act in accordance with
Schedule 12 TCE, the TCGR 2013 and the National Standards, in addition to
Marston and client policies.

What does the contract between LCC and Marston Holdings state regarding
responsibility in the event one of these self-employed agents break the
law?

Please see response above, the Agent must act in accordance with the
Enforcement Legislation and Marston policy. Please see attached Marston
Holdings complaints policy.

What protection, if any, is offered to the members of the public whose
private information falls into these self-employed men's hands?

 

Personal Data processed by Self-employed agents is in accordance with
Marston Holdings Policy – please see Privacy Notice here: [1]Marston
Holdings privacy notice - Marston Holdings

 

If you have any queries regarding any of the above, or you require any
additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the team quoting
reference number 995.534 (CS).

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Access Officer

Information Governance Team

Lancashire County Council

W: [2]www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

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