Coronavirus - Business grants privacy notice

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council's primary policy notice.

This notice provides additional privacy information for services provided by Bury Council when an applicant applies for a Covid-19 business grant.

How we use your data

We collect your personal information for the following purpose(s):

  • to assess whether you and your business are eligible to receive financial support, and if so, to provide a payment to you
  • to update your business rates liability

Categories of personal data

In order to carry out these purposes we collect and obtain the following types of information:

  • your name (or name of your business) and your business address
  • your business rates account number, and property reference number
  • your company number, VAT registration or charity number
  • how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected your business - this includes details of the finances of the business and dates of closure
  • your bank details to enable us to make a payment
  • your phone and/or email contact details to enable us to contact you about your business grant application
  • the name, date of birth and home address of the individual submitting the application to verify the validity of applications
  • the IP address of the device used to make your application

Legal basis for processing

Where we use personal information to confirm that someone is eligible for a business grant, the sections of the law that apply are:

  • UK GDPR Article 6(1)(e) - 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

Marketing purposes: where we have asked and you have consented to receive electronic marketing information about our services (you may withdraw your consent at any time)

Consequences if information is not provided

If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have entered into with you (for example paying you a business grant), or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations.

Information sharing

We have a duty to protect the public funds we administer, to prevent fraud and to ensure the information we hold is accurate. To carry out this duty we may share the information we hold about you, where the law allows it, with other sections of the Council, other local authorities, the government and other agencies.

We may share your information with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for research and evaluation purposes, if requested to do so.

Where we get our information

As well as information collected directly from you, we also obtain or receive information from the following departments of Bury Council:

  • the business rate section
  • Trading Standards department
  • Bury Licencing Service

Automated decisions

No decision will be made about you solely on the basis of automated decision making (where a decision is taken about you using an electronic system without human involvement) which has a significant impact on you.

Data retention

We will only keep your personal data for as long as it is needed for the purposes of the Covid-19 emergency, and for audit and payment purposes.

Rights of individuals

Information about:

  • exercising your rights
  • contacting our Data Protection Officer
  • raising a concern with us, or
  • making a complaint to the Information Commissioner

is available in our guide to exercising your rights.


We may update or revise this Privacy Notice at any time. This privacy notice was last updated on 29 March 2021.

Contact for Privacy