Do you own a residential building over 18 metres high which is cladded?

Melanie Dawes the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has sent a letter to owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England.

DCLG are offering, private owners of residential buildings an opportunity to test cladding on blocks over 18 metres high through arrangements put in place with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

These checks will be paid for by DCLG, and the information will be available to DCLG from BRE.

Where owners consider that they may have concerns about cladding on buildings over 18 metres high, there is a process to follow described in the letter.

DCLG have provided an email for enquiries: PRShousingchecks@communities.gsi.gov.uk

The letter and downloadable data return form are available here.

I have to retain accounts for HMRC purposes, especially income tax, for any business / sole trader that has ceased trading within previous years, would they have to comply with data protection in either current or future forms?

It is important to remember that we are only talking about third party personal data under the data protection rules.

If you are holding this as part of your responsibilities then you will need to comply with the Data Protection Act until May 2018 and the GDPR thereafter.

You need to think carefully about the storage and disposal of personal data. 

How can Crimson Crab help…

If I cease trading before the new data protection laws come into play, do I have to comply, or does it only apply to active businesses / sole traders?

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force in May 2016.

There is a two year lead in period to enable businesses to become familiar with the new regime and so the critical date is:

25th May 2018

The law applies to anyone who processes personal data (which includes storage and disposal) in whatever capacity.

How can Crimson Crab help…

June F2 Business Huddle

F2 Business Huddle with Cairn

Networking with a purpose

Friday 9th June 2017 

Midday until 2pm

Denvilles House
33 Emsworth Road
Havant
Hampshire, PO9 2SN

Reputation Matters

Reputation Advocate, Graham Martin from Red Pixel Creative will provide an overview of key elements that are used in graphic design and how they help to bring a successful design together.

If you miss this one the Next F2 Business Huddle is on 14th July 2017.

£14 on the door includes a light lunch and free parking. (Reputation Advocates – £10.)

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What do I need in my business letterheads?

From a compliance perspective your clients are entitled to know the details of the legal entity that they are dealing with, especially if a business or trading name is being used. If the legal trading entity is a registered body there are some very specific disclosure requirements.

The information must appear in business letters and electronic equivalents including emails. To give you peace of mind we can check out your letterheads for compliance read more…

Can I do anything now to get ready for the changes in data protection laws?

Yes, it’s really important to get your house in order, ready for the new legislation.

You will need to get to grips with the new rights of individuals, handling subject access requests, consent, data breaches, and maybe even designating a data protection officer.

There is a responsibility to demonstrate compliance and so documenting what personal data you hold, where it came from and who you share it with is an absolute must.

The important thing is to make sure that someone in your organisation takes proper responsibility for data protection compliance in good time and has the knowledge, support and authority to do so effectively.

How can Crimson Crab help? Read more…