jobcentre data

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Dear Sir or Madam,
can you please tell me for what period of time jobcentreplus or dwp holds information/data on a jobseeker/benefit claimant after they have "signed off" from jobcentre and resumed employment. thank you.

Yours faithfully, i. reeves.

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From: i.reeves [[FOI #16691 email]]

Sent: 10 August 2009 21:22

To: DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request

Subject: Freedom of Information request - jobcentre data

Dear Sir or Madam, can you please tell me for what period of time

jobcentreplus or dwp holds information/data on a jobseeker/benefit

claimant after they have "signed off" from jobcentre and resumed

employment. thank you.

Yours faithfully, i. reeves.

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John Cross left an annotation ()

"Additionally, for Jobseekers Allowance claims, data remains on the JSAPS computer system for at least 4 years after the record was last updated. And when the benefits is taxable, paper records are retained for 4 years after the claim ends, this to meet the requirements of Her Majesty Revenue and Customs."

I wonder whether the data is destroyed promptly after the end of this four year period.

Ian Jackson left an annotation ()

They retain details until year 2999. I assume they will actually destroy it before that date but I can say they would probably keep it until 5 years after your death assuming that you live to your life expectancy.

You never knoe they might post it to some random stranger or leave it on a train...