Privacy statement

Privacy Statement and General Data Protection Regulations GDPR

Applying for the Citizens Panel

The personal information we ask for is to help us ensure that we get a balanced and diverse panel. A full explanation of how we recruit the citizens panel is given here

if we get a large number of applications, that helps us build a 15 member panel that reflects as many of the information categories that we set out below. If we only get a small number of applicants we will aim for age and gender balance only.

What information do we collect?

  • Name, address, telephone number, mobile number email addresses
  • Age, Gender
  • Housing tenure e.g. home owner, private renter, social housing. (Given that housing is a key issue, we are looking for a diverse background of housing tenure)
  • Whether you have been homeless or faced the possibility of homelessness, struggled with rent or mortgage arrears
  • How you perceive homelessness – this helps us get a spread of opinions and perceptions among panel members.

Subscribing up for  updates

We collect your email addresses for all subscribers, including those who do not apply for the citizens panel but wish to be kept up to date with its proceedings.

If you no longer wish to receive updates, click the unsubscribe button on the last update you receive.

The information you submit as part of the application form is used only for this purpose.

If you visit or website

Our monitoring dashboard is limited to general statistics on the number of visits and which web pages are viewed. We do not keep statistics on which person visited a particular web page or how long they stayed.

If you comment on our website , we read every comment. Time permitting we will also respond to every comment. We cannot do the same for facebook comments. Given limited volunteer time, the focus is on comments and conversations that take place on the website.

Even if we do not respond, we value every comment and we hope that this website will stand as a public record of the panel proceedings and the online discussions by the wider public. Please help us ensure that this website is of value to everyone by reading our conversation guidelines.

Third parties

We will never share or sell your personal data to a third-party organisation for its marketing, fundraising or campaigning purposes.

How do you protect my information?

We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure that we  keep your information secure. Unfortunately the transmission of information over the internet is never 100% secure. This means you provide information through our website and our social media pages at your own risk.

How long do you hold my information?

We will retain your personal information for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes of this project. Different types of information are held for different periods of time.

  • the personal information given in the application form for the panel will be deleted at the end of the citizen panel proceedings.
  • The email you submit for updates will remain indefinitely, or until such time as you click the ‘unsubscribe’ button. This action automatically deletes your email
  • Public comments on the website remain indefinitely since the website will serve as a valuable public record to which people can refer to for some time to come.

You can request deletion of your personal information at any time, by emailing