Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

RBF Privacy Notice

 

The Railway Benefit Fund is the trading name of the Railway Benevolent Institution.

The Railway Benevolent Fund (RBF) is the charity that supports rail employees, both past and present and their families in times of hardship.

Unless otherwise stated, RBF is the data controller for the information we collect.

 

The information you provide will be held securely by us and/or our data processors whether the information is in electronic or physical format.

 

We do not share data with anyone else without your permission, except when we believe it is the only way to prevent harm to you or other people. If we do disclose information without your permission, this is authorised by a senior member of staff and we will explain our reason to you at the earliest opportunity.

 

We require all third parties who provide services for us and who process the data of our service users to comply fully with data protection legislation.

 

We will not share any of the information you provide with any third parties for marketing purposes.

 

It is charity policy to respect the right of service users, staff, trustees, volunteers and others whose personal data we hold to privacy and confidentiality as far as possible within the constraints of legal requirements, including legislation on the safeguarding of adults and children and on the prevention of terrorism.  

 

We will not store any of your information outside of the European Economic Area.

 

Data is kept in accordance with our retention schedules as set out in the appropriate sections of this notice.

 

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when RBF collects personal information. More detailed information is set out below:

  • People who use our enquiry services
  • People who apply to us for financial assistance
  • People we refer for specialist advice
  • People who sign up to our newsletters
  • People who sign up to receive direct communications about fundraising
  • Visitors to our website
  • People who complete one of our feedback surveys
  • People who contact us via social media
  • People who email us
  • People who donate to us
  • People who have pledged a legacy
  • People who make a complaint to us
  • Job applicants
  • Current and former RBF employees
  • Volunteer applicants and our current and former volunteers
  • Trustees 

 

How to opt out of receiving information from RBF

An individual who wishes to opt out of receiving one of our e-newsletters can use the link in that newsletter or can email us at:-

fundraising@railwaybenefitfund.org.uk

or telephone us on 0345 41 2885.

We will remove them from our circulation list straightaway.

 

People who use our enquiry service

When someone makes an enquiry by telephone, email, mobile application, in-person or any other route we record their contact details if they provide them to us and brief details of the enquiry and our response. We use this information to be able to respond to the request for help and to be able to monitor the quality of the service and ensure its efficiency and effectiveness. We only use these details to provide the service the person has requested and for other closely related purposes, for example, to ask them for feedback on the way their application has been dealt with and on the impact of our service.

 

People can choose not to give us their contact details, in which case we record the enquiry as an anonymous enquirer.

Enquirers’ contact details will be retained for two full financial years from last contact with the enquirer and then the record will be anonymised to provide a statistical record of the service.

 

People who apply to us for financial assistance

We have to hold the details of the people who apply to us for financial assistance in order to be able to assess the application and provide the service. These details include case notes, documentation to evidence the applicant’s financial circumstances and support their application and bank account details in order to make payments. We only use these details to provide the service the person has requested and for other closely related purposes, for example, to ask them for feedback on the way their application has been dealt with and on the impact of our service.

 

Case notes, which include a record of approval of financial assistance, will be retained for six full financial years from the last payment. Other documentation provided to support the application will be retained for one full financial year following the last date of payment. For unsuccessful applicants, details will be retained for one full financial year. After these retention periods, the data will be deleted or where a statistical record of the service is required, anonymised.

 

See also the Financial transactions section in this policy for information on retention of payment details.

 

People we refer for specialist advice

We have to hold the details of people who ask to be referred for specialist advice in order to provide this service. The advice is provided by Manchester Citizens Advice in the UK and the contact details and brief details of the reason for the advice request are shared with the adviser in order that they can contact the client and deal with their query. We only use these details to provide the service the person has requested and for other closely related purposes, for example, to ask them for feedback on the way their application has been dealt with and on the impact of our service.

 

We are contacted by the adviser once they have been in touch with the client, with confirmation of the date of contact and very brief details of the advice given. Once the case is closed, the adviser notifies us of the outcome and any actual or potential financial gain. A record of this is kept for monitoring and quality assurance of the service.

 

The details will be retained for two full financial years from the date of case closure. After this, they will be deleted or anonymised where a statistical record of the service is required.

 

People who sign up to receive our newsletter and other communications.

We only send newsletters to people who have opted in to receive them. We have to hold the details of these people in order to provide the service. However, we only use these details to provide the newsletters. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time and are given an easy way of doing this.

We use a third party provider, MailChimp to deliver our newsletter electronically. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

 

Visitors to our website

When someone visits www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site which helps us to tailor our services to the needs of our stakeholders. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Our cookie policy

Our website uses cookies to help provide you with the best experience we can. This page explains exactly why we use cookies, what information we collect and how to reject or delete those cookies.

Our cookie policy allows us to use cookies to help us make our website work more efficiently for you. Cookies can help you to better navigate our site and perform certain functions such as adding comments, sharing pages on social networks and so on. 

 

Our cookie policy also helps us to improve the speed and security of the site and enable us to continuously improve your user experience.

 

Our website analytics tools, Google, uses cookies to tell us how, when and where visitors use our website. We only use this to improve your experience. These cookies do not contain personally identifiable information and we use them internally for trend analysis purposes only. For example, we are able to find out what the most popular content is and which services are of most interest so we can provide you with more of the same information and support. 

 

We do not use cookies to collect personally identifiable and sensitive information without your express permission. Where we do collect such information, for example via our contact us forms, we won't share it with a third party without your express permission. 

Please note that if cookies are not enabled on your computer, your user experience will be limited to browsing rather than interacting with our site.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. Some cookies are essential to enable our website to work as expected by you, while others allow us to provide you with a better service (for example, understanding what content and services are most popular so we can develop our support and information to meet your needs).

How to manage cookies via your browser settings

You are able to delete cookies at any time by using the management tools within your browser. Some browsers like Chrome also allow you to run in ‘incognito mode’, which would make you appear to us as an unknown individual.

For more information about cookies, visit About Cookies.

 

People who complete one of our feedback surveys

We use a third party tool, Survey Monkey, to seek feedback from users about their experience of our services. We use this information to monitor the quality of our services and to provide people with the opportunity to give us their feedback and suggestions on service developments/improvements. We will use the information only in ways that will not identify anyone. Respondents are given the option of providing their contact details if they wish to subscribe to our newsletter, provide a case study or would like the charity to contact them regarding some feedback they have given. Contact details will only be used for the purpose stated.

 

People who contact us via social media

If you send us a private or direct message via social media the message will be stored for three months. It will not be shared with any other organisations.

 

People who email us

Any email sent to us, including any attachments, may be monitored and used by us for reasons of security and for monitoring compliance with office policy.  Email monitoring or blocking software may also be used. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send to us is within the bounds of the law.

 

People who donate to us

We will contact donors who provide their contact details either directly to us or via a third party platform to acknowledge the donation and express our thanks to the donor. This contact will include an invitation to opt-in to further specified information from the charity. Thereafter, we will only send information to people who have opted in to receive it. We only use these details to provide the agreed information. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time and are given an easy way of doing this.

 

See also the Financial transactions section in this policy.

 

People who have pledged a legacy

Where a person has pledged a legacy to the charity, this will be recorded and the data held securely, for future reference.

 

People who make a complaint to us

In the event of receiving a complaint, in accordance with our complaints policy we will record the details of the complaint and complainant and any other individuals involved in the complaint. We will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint.

 

If the complaint was about an individual we may have to disclose the complainant’s identity to them, where, for example, the accuracy of a person’s record is in dispute. If a complainant does not want information identifying her or him to be disclosed, we will try to respect that. However, it may not be possible to handle a complaint on an anonymous basis.

 

Personal information contained in complaint files will be kept for two years from the complaint being closed.

 

Job applicants

We will only use the information provided during the recruitment process for the purpose of progressing job applications, or to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements.

We will use the contact details you provide to us to contact you to progress your application. We will use the other information (ie skills, knowledge and experience, education and referees), you provide to assess your suitability for the role for which you have applied. 

You will also be asked to complete an anonymous equalities monitoring form. Completion of the form is optional. Data provided will be used only to produce and monitor equal opportunities statistics.

The charity personnel who shortlist applications for interview will not be provided with your name or contact details. If selected for interview you may be asked to complete a written test and we will take interview notes.

We will retain information generated throughout the assessment process, for example interview notes, for 6 months following the closure of the recruitment.

We will retain the information provided by unsuccessful applicants for 6 months from the closure of the recruitment.

 

Current and former RBF employees

For applicants offered a post, this will be subject to satisfactory checks ie references, evidence of qualifications and right to work in the UK, a criminal records declaration and records will be kept of this in the member of staff’s HR file. We will also retain bank details, in order to process salary and expenses payments, contact details for the staff member and emergency contact details of who to contact should there be an emergency at work.

 

Relevant details about you will be provided to RBF’s payroll provider. This will include your name, bank details, address, date of birth, National Insurance Number, salary, benefits and deductions for loans and similar. They also receive copies of tax coding notices and any legal notices sent to us as your employer in order to comply with legal and tax obligations to make appropriate deductions from pay.

 

You will be auto-enrolled into RBF’s pension scheme and your relevant details (date of birth, address, national Insurance number and salary) will be provided to the administrators of the RBF pension scheme, currently The People’s Pension. Details of contributions made to the pension scheme will be retained for 6 full financial years following the end of the financial year in which they are paid.

 

Details of the current payroll provider, pensions administrator and HMRC tax office are included in the staff handbook.

 

We will retain the information provided by successful applicants for the duration of their employment. We will also retain information relating to annual appraisals, performance management, grievance and disciplinary issues and sickness certification. This information is destroyed after 6 complete financial years following the financial year in which employment ended. Notes of 1:1 meetings recorded by the staff member’s manager will be destroyed when the staff member leaves unless there is an unresolved ongoing issue. In this case the notes will be destroyed once the issue is resolved.

 

Volunteer applicants and our current and former volunteers

We will only use the information provided during the volunteer recruitment process for the purpose of progressing applications, or to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements.

 

We will use the contact details you provide to us to contact you to progress your application. We will use the other information (ie skills, knowledge and experience, education and referees), you provide to assess your suitability for the volunteer role for which you have applied. 

 

You will also be asked to complete an anonymous equalities monitoring form. Completion of the form is optional. Data provided will be used only to produce and monitor equal opportunities statistics.

 

The charity personnel who shortlist applications for interview will not be provided with your name or contact details. If selected for interview you may be asked to complete a written test and we will take interview notes.

 

For applicants offered a volunteer role, this will be subject to satisfactory checks ie references, evidence of qualifications, and DBS checks where required. For some roles a criminal records declaration may be requested and records will be kept of this. . We will also retain bank details, in order to process expenses payments, contact details for the volunteer and emergency contact details of who to contact should there be an emergency whilst carrying out their volunteer role.

 

All volunteers are required annually to declare if they have any potential conflicts of interest. This information will be held by the charity.

 

We will retain the information provided by those who take up a volunteer role for the duration of their volunteering for RBF plus 6 years from the date of them ceasing to be a volunteer.

 

See also the Financial transactions section in this policy.

 

We will retain the information provided by unsuccessful applicants for 6 months from the closure of the recruitment.

 

We will retain information generated throughout the assessment process, for example interview notes, for six months following the closure of the recruitment.

 

Our Board Members

We will only use the information provided during the recruitment process for the purpose of progressing applications, or to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements.

 

We will use the contact details you provide to us to contact you to progress your application. We will use the other information (ie skills, knowledge and experience, education and referees), you provide to assess your suitability for the trustee role for which you have applied. 

 

You will also be asked to complete an anonymous equalities monitoring form. Completion of the form is optional. Data provided will be used only to produce and monitor equal opportunities statistics.

 

If selected for interview you may be asked to complete a written test and we will take interview notes.

 

For applicants offered a Board Member role, this will be subject to satisfactory checks ie references, a criminal records declaration, anti-money laundering vetting, meeting any requirements set out in the Memorandum and Articles. A board resolution to appoint, and a declaration of your acceptance of the position and that you meet the stated requirements and are willing to act as a board member. Records will be kept of this. We will also retain bank details where necessary, in order to process expenses payments, contact details for the board members and emergency contact details of who to contact should there be an emergency whilst carrying out their board member role.

 

The charity will record identity details for any the period while you are acting as a signatory on a bank mandate or similar for the charity.

 

In order to meet with legal requirements, personal and other details will be disclosed to the Charity Commission, the Scottish & Irish Charity Regulator. We will also provide details to the charity’s investment managers, bankers, auditors and other advisers, as required to enter into contracts and manage the charity’s affairs.

 

All board members are required to complete an annual declaration of interest and to declare at each board meeting any potential conflicts of interest. This information will be held by the charity.

We will retain the information provided by those who take up a board member role for the duration of their tenure for plus one year from the date of them ceasing to be a trustee.

 

We will retain the information provided by unsuccessful applicants for 6 months from the closure of the recruitment.

 

We will retain information generated throughout the assessment process, for example interview notes, for 6 months following the closure of the recruitment.

 

See also the Financial transactions section in this policy.

 

Financial transactions

Except where noted separately in this policy, we are required by law to retain details of any financial transaction with RBF for a maximum period of seven years following the transaction date. This includes donations received from individuals or corporations, income generated from customers, and payments made to suppliers, volunteers, trustees and staff.

 

Details retained may include name, address, amounts paid or received, gift aid declarations, copy invoices.

 

Bank account details are retained for the purposes of making payments only and once added to our banking system are not retained on our server. Our banking system meets with current security standards and is accessed via online banking. Access to the banking system is restricted to persons authorised to make payments only.

 

We only retain the minimum details required to meet our legal and contractual obligations. Bank account details are deleted from our banking system when there is no longer a need to retain them. For example, if we end a contract, a person no longer works or volunteers for the charity or it is agreed that financial assistance is no longer required.

 

Financial information (including bank copy bank statements) provided as part of an application for financial assistance is retained as part of the case notes as documented in those sections of this policy.

 

Data protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was set up to uphold information rights. Full information on these rights and how to exercise them is available on its website https://ico.org.uk/

 

RBF is happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed regarding our collection and use of your data. Any requests for this, including information on accessing personal information can be emailed to us at:

info@railwaybenefitfund.org.uk

 

If you wish to complain about the way we have processed your personal information, please contact us via any of these routes:

Telephone: 0345 241 2885

Email: info@railwaybenefitfund.org.uk

Post: RBF, 1st Floor, Millennium House, 40 Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 6AD

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) oversees data protection law and complaints can be made to them at www.ico.org.uk/concerns