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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to provide funding to help parish councils comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Writing to Digital Minister Matt Hancock, Sue Baxter, NALC chairman, highlighted the new requirement for all 10,000 local councils to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO), irrespective of their size or data use. This will create a a new cost burden totalling at least £3.5 million per year.
Baxter said: “While NALC broadly welcomes the principles of the Data Protection Bill, it is vital these new measures are proportionate and the impact of GDPR on our sector is fully understood by the government. On a number of occasions recently the government has acknowledged the very important services delivered by parish councils and their role in improving quality of life and well being of communities. It is therefore vital the government mitigates the financial impact of the Bill and GDPR on our councils, and ultimately residents in our communities, by providing new burdens funding. I have stressed to the government my keenness to work with them on this important issue.”