How the information on your housing benefit form is used by your council
Your local council will use the information you give in this form, and in any supporting proof you send, to process your claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. They may pass the information to other agencies or organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue & Customs, as allowed by the law.
How the council use your information on your housing benefit application form
They may check information you have provided, or information about you that someone else has provided, with other information they hold. They may also get information about you from certain third parties, or give information to them to:
- Make sure the information is accurate
- Prevent or detect crime, and
- Protect public funds.
These third parties include government departments, other local authorities and private-sector organisations such as banks and organisations that may lend you money. They will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for other purposes, unless the law allows this.