The GREAT Project is managed and delivered by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL). The project operates as a partnership, led by VAL. Current delivery partners can be found on our Partners page.
VAL is a charity based in Leicester. VAL manages and delivers a range of contracts and projects, including VAL Voluntary Sector Support, VAL Volunteering, VAL Directory, VALUES, Orange Rooms, Technical Assistance, SENDIASS Leicester, SENDIASS Rutland, Choice Advice, and the YES Project.
VAL is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Our registration number is Z9829723.
Why we collect personal data from you
The information you provide to the GREAT Project will be shared with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and used to evaluate this project and to report to the European Social Fund for monitoring purposes, in line with European Commission regulatory requirements.
Your information will also be shared with research organisations working on behalf of the Department for Work & Pensions who may contact you to discuss your involvement in the project for research purposes. Participation in research is voluntary and you will be asked to consent before taking part in any research activity you may be contacted about.
The DWP may also link your personal details to official administrative records in order to monitor your employment status before your ESF support began and 6 to 12 months after you left. This information may also be shared with research organisations working on behalf of the DWP however individuals will not be identifiable and you will not be contacted about this research.
Data will not be used or shared for any commercial or marketing purposes.
At all times your information will be kept securely, and nobody will have access to it that shouldn’t.
Lawful basis for processing data
For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the DWP is the data controller in respect to information processed which relates to all participation in the European Social Fund. ESF grant beneficiary organisations are data processors in respect to information processed which relates to participants in the operations and projects funded by the European Social Fund.
DWP is not the controller for any other / additional data collected by the GREAT Project that is not essential for delivering the ESF programme, or for any personal data that would normally be collected anyway by the GREAT Project.
We use the following lawful bases for processing your data:
Article 6(1)(e) GDPR: ‘processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller’
- This is the lawful basis for collecting personal data that has been chosen by the DWP.
Article 9(2)(b) GDPR: ‘processing is necessary for the purposes of carrying out the obligations and exercising specific rights of the controller or of the data subject in the field of employment and social security and social protection law in so far as it is authorised by Union or Member State law or a collective agreement pursuant to Member State law providing for appropriate safeguards for the fundamental rights and the interests of the data subject;’
- This is the lawful basis chosen by the DWP for the processing of ‘special categories’ of personal data (e.g. health or ethnicity).
Based on our legitimate interests:
- To assess your suitability before entering the programme
- To contact you about the activities you are undertaking as part of the programme
Based on our legal or statutory responsibilities
- We will share your personal data with third parties where we are obliged to for legal or statutory reasons
Based on your consent:
- To process special categories of your personal data (e.g. data concerning your health, ethnicity, biometric data) outside of the data required by the DWP.
- To send you marketing emails
What we collect
We collect the data which we need in order to successfully deliver and report on our services:
- Email addresses
- Telephone numbers
- Date of birth
- Details of benefits
- Copies of birth certificates
- Data about your children (where necessary for nursery provision)
- Family situation (e.g. living arrangements, marital status, etc.)
- Copies of letters from DWP, JCP or NCS to prove employment status
We may also request more sensitive information (known as special categories of personal data):
- Information around health and disability
- Copies of passports
- Copies of documents showing eligibility to work in the UK e.g. biometric document from the Home Office showing leave to remain or right to work status of a foreign national
From time to time we may also ask for you to voluntarily provide additional information as part of surveys, polls, feedback or competitions.
When you visit our website, we collect data about your visit using Google Analytics cookies.
How we use your information
Your information will only ever be used to help us deliver and report on our services.
Information about your family situation and health conditions are used to determine your eligibility for access to the GREAT Project.
Your data is shared with the Building Better Opportunities Programme,
We will share your personal data with appropriate delivery partners in order to enable them to deliver their support services.
Partners may collect additional information about you which they need in order to support you. This will not be shared with the GREAT Project.
We do use your information to help with the statistics in our reporting. Our reporting never includes personal data or anything that could identify a specific person, only anonymous statistical data which helps us to monitor and improve the performance of our services.
Data retention period
Personal data will be stored for 10 years after the last financial claim is made for the project. The project is currently due to end in 2019. This is a requirement of the project funders.
All personal data held by DWP or research contractors for the purposes of evaluation will be permanently deleted no more than six months after the research has been completed (i.e. when the final report is published on GOV.UK).
Personal data held by DWP for all other ESF purposes as required by European Commission regulations will be retained in line with the current guidance on GOV.UK.
We would like to send you information about news and events relating to the GREAT Project.
If you consent to receive marketing, you can opt out at any time by clicking the ‘Unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of our emails.
We will also communicate directly with you by phone, text message or email about the activities you are doing as part of the GREAT Project.
Your rights in respect of data processing
If you do not wish your personal data to be used for ESF evaluation purposes please contact ESF.EVALUATIONS@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK and they will delete your data held for these purposes and you won’t be contacted about participating in research.
More information about how and why DWP uses your personal information, including how to ask for a copy of the personal information DWP holds about you can be found in DWP’s Personal Information Charter.
Information about how to ask for a copy of the information DWP holds about you (known as a ‘Right of Access Request’) can be found on DWP’s website.
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Policy last updated: August 2018