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Bath and North East Somerset Council supports the objectives of increasing openness, accountability and transparency in the public sector.

We welcome the full introduction of the Freedom of Information Act in January 2005, and are committed to a proactive approach regarding access to information.

GDPR and Change

In anticipation of the regulatory changes that will affect Bath & North East Somerset Council due to the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in May 2018 we are committed to a programme of training and change for BANES personnel to meet the challenges.

  • We will ensure that the principles of the GDPR are part of our methods of handling your data to ensure fairness, lawfulness and data protection by design. As such we are introducing new approaches to our personal data gathering systems and reviewing existing personal data held.
  • We will ensure via the Data Protection Impact Assessment process that risk to the loss of your personal data is minimised to the absolute minimum possible without Impacting our ability to continue delivering services across Bath and North East Somerset.
  • We will inform you where appropriate in specific Privacy Notices what we are doing with your data and why.
  • We have in place the methods to meet the demands of the Subject Access Request process and the right to erasure. 

What we hold

The Council is responsible for a wide range of local functions that affect the everyday lives of residents. Information held by the Council is therefore of great relevance and interest to the public.

A list of the information regularly made available by the Council to the public can be found in our Publication Scheme.


Your information rights

There are now numerous pieces of legislation governing your rights of access to information held by the Council. These include but are not limited to:


Further information

For further information about the Council’s position on access to information, please contact the Information Compliance Manager on:

01225 477961 for Freedom of Information & Environmental Information Regulation matters; or

01225 396872 for Data Protection & other information compliance matters 


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Data protection notice

Data protection notice

The information you have provided may be shared across Bath and North East Somerset Council for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry. We will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for other purposes, unless your consent has been given or the law allows this.

The use of your personal information is covered by our registration under the Data Protection Act 1998. You can, under this legislation, request a copy of the information we hold about you. If any information we hold about you is incorrect please let us know.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is committed to upholding the principles of the Data Protection Act, and will not process your information in a way incompatible with these principles.

The Council’s Information Compliance Office can be contacted on (01225) 477000 or via email at

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