Free school meals - Privacy notice

What we use your information for

We use personal information when administering entitlement to a free school meal on behalf of some Hull schools

What information we hold and use 

The types of information we hold and process includes 

  • Names, addresses and contact information
  • Biographical and family information
  • School and school attendance details
  • Dates of Birth and National Insurance Number
  • Financial information
  • Employer and employment data

Legal basis for processing your personal data

Information is processed in the performance of a task we carry out in the public interest. Relevant legislation is contained within ;

  • The Education Act 1996
  • The Welfare Reform Act 2012
  • Children and Families Act 2014

How we collect information

 Information is collected from;

  • Applicants and their Appointees / Representatives
  • Schools and other Council departments
  • The Department for Work and Pensions 

It is collected using forms (on line application), letters, email, telephone contact and from details held on computer systems

Who we share information with

We do not make your personal information available to companies for marketing purposes. Information is shared with other Council Departments and external organisations where necessary to deliver public functions; it is shared where the law allows and in order to maintain accuracy, detect fraud and protect public funds, for example Schools and Academies.

Security and retention of your personal data

Personal data is stored within Hull City Council’s secure computer network and offices that have controlled access. It is retained for as long as there is a business and legislative need for it, normally for the current year, plus 6 years following the end of service. 

What rights you have

 You have;

  • A ‘Right of Access’ to see the information we hold about you
  • A ‘Right to Rectification’ where you believe information we hold about you is incorrect or incomplete
  • A ‘Right to Restrict processing’ and a ‘Right to object’ to processing where certain circumstances apply 

To exercise these rights you need to contact us as detailed below. For rectification, restriction or objection you need to provide the reasons for you request. In limited instances, your personal information may be processed for individual automated decision making. It is not used for profiling of individuals for marketing purposes.

Questions, complaints and comments

More details about how Hull City Council uses personal information can be found on The Hull City Council website. Information security breaches should be reported to us either by telephone on 01482 300300 or email at

Enquiries about how your personal data is processed can be directed to the Local Assistance team

Local Assistance Team
Hull City Council
PO Box 15

Telephone: 01482 300 303

As a public authority we are required to have a Data Protection Officer. You may contact them for more information or with any concerns about how your personal information is being used;

Hull City Council
Data Protection Officer
Room 11 
The Guildhall

If you are not happy with the outcome of a complaint you have the right to complain to the regulator. 

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Telephone - 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to use a national rate number

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