Helping you comply with your responsibilities to information rights in councils, housing associations and other agencies linked to a local authority.


I work for a small local council, do I need to appoint a data protection officer (DPO)? Will individual councilors still need to pay a fee to the ICO? These are just a couple of questions we have been getting from local government about the new data protection law.

Our FAQs document answers these questions and many more.

Breach reporting tips

 We have produced some tips about personal data breach reporting for local government

  1. Know what a personal data breach is
  2. Make sure staff know what they need to do
  3. Have a framework for reporting breaches
  4. Training should be business as usual

Read these tips in full.

ICO and Centre of Excellence and Information Sharing joint podcast

What are the wider cultural challenges facing local government around information sharing and the GDPR?

Jovian Smalley, Group Manager of Policy & Engagement chats with Imogen Heywood, engagement manager, from the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing.

 Publication schemes

If you work for a public authority, you must produce a publication scheme. This outlines the information you will routinely make available to the public - such as minutes of meetings, annual reports or financial information.

We have provided publication schemes and definition documents in order to help you do this. 

Further reading