Consultation outcome

Sharing and publishing data for public benefit

This consultation has concluded

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Sharing and publishing data for public benefit: summary of responses and outcome

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Non-financial VAT registration data research project report

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Additional information on sharing and publishing data for public benefit

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HMRC’s proposal for wider sharing of anonymised data: additional information

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Detail of outcome

The first document summarises the responses received to the consultation. It also explains what the government intends to do now to legislate for better data sharing and the policy areas where further consideration is needed.

The summary of responses was originally published on 10 December 2013.

Published responses to HMRC’s data-sharing consultation

The second document provides the results of the research into potential benefits of a controlled release of non-financial VAT registration data, in line with the commitment made to complete and publish the project in the Government’s ‘Summary of responses and outcome’.

Following publication of the summary of responses on 10 December 2013, further representations were made to HMRC. The third document contains additional information which deals with the issues raised in these representations.

The additional information and links were published on 21 August 2014.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from 17 July 2013 12:00am to
24 September 2013 11:45pm

Summary

Consultation on proposals for data sharing and publication by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to deliver wider public benefits.

Documents

Sharing and publishing data for public benefit

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Update: supplementary note on VAT registration data release project

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Consultation description

This consultation invites views on proposals for HMRC to increase the scope for the department to share non-identifying information (that is, information that does not relate to identifiable individuals or legal entities), and on proposed safeguards. Options cover general and aggregate data as well as anonymised data sets.

HMRC also seeks views on the potential benefits, costs / risks and necessary safeguards for proposals to share VAT registration data, either publicly or under controlled conditions for specified purposes, for example, credit rating. Views are welcome on the principles underlying these proposals and on the suggested approaches to implementation.