This law gives council the right to ask for very personal details of yourself and your household which are way beyond what could be considered reasonable. If you get an anquiry form and do not supply all the details within 14 days then "failiure to do so is a criminal offence and may result in a fine".
Threatening letters, unscheduled inspections, the right to enter your home and inspect and interrogate, and a total lack of any privacy whatsoever. This is effectively making our society into a police state.
They ask for not only the full names, dates of birth of the people, but also
details of the precise relationship to each other,
national insurance numbers
car registration numbers
which rooms they sleep in and where it is located in the house
details of savings, any benefits you are on, mortgage payments how much you spend on food, housekeeping,travel expenses, insurance, rent,, heating, even TV/Sky subscriptions etc
your employment history, payroll number, employers telephone number, address etc.
The information gathered is sufficient for a identity theft to take place and it is insecure to have all this together held by faceless officials at the council. As we regularly hear, there are corrupt officials at all levels, and data is often "lost" by civil servants, therefore there is a risk of the informatin falling into unkown hands. I wish to restore my right to keep certain aspects of my life private, and not be made a criminal for that.