England & Wales, Scotland Democracy, devolution and governance, Personal and organisational development

Councillors and data protection: the GDPR challenge



Complying with data protection requirements is a major challenge for councillors. Failure to meet the legal requirements can open councillors up to the legal challenge or a complaint under a council standards scheme. That’s why we’re diving into data protection, the Freedom of Information Act, and how this all applies to councillors holding all kinds of roles including cabinet members, quasi-judicial roles, external roles and committee roles.

Key outcomes

  • Get clear on the legal requirements of a councillor
  • Understand data management, including secure data storage
  • Learn how data regulations apply to records, emails, WhatsApp and reports

Who should attend

All councillors will be involved in casework advocating for the residents they represent. This raises key data protection issues and this course will help councillors to manage personal data within the law and good practice.

Your LGIU Trainer

Nigel Long has been disabled since the age of 17 and was a councillor from 1987 to 2021 where he served as leader for a large unitary authority and cabinet member for social care, housing and finance.  Nigel has been CEO of two disability charities for 9 years and was Head of Policy for a national tenant organisation. Currently, he is also a guest member of the London Mayor’s Housing Panel. As a long-standing trainer, Nigel has provided training to over 70 councils, housing associations and third sector organisations and has written widely on issues for the LGIU and currently produces a weekly Action Disability Blog.

What others are saying about LGIU training

This was such a good course, filled with lots of great tips and organised really well. Definitely left me wanting more!”

– Ashton, from Kildare