Privacy Policy

Updated: 11 May 2018

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth was set up in October 2013 as part of the What Works network to analyse which policies are most effective in supporting and increasing local economic growth. It is jointly run by the LSE, Centre for Cities, and Arup and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Transport.

The Centre is committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website users which is why we have developed this privacy policy, which sets out our data collection and processing practices.

The data we collect

The Centre will only collect basic personal data, such as name, job title, organisation & email address. We do not collect or retain data relating to race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health and sexual life.

Data given to us directly by visitors to our website

  • When you visit our website or make an enquiry about our work, the Centre will only collect basic personal data, such as name, job title, organisation and email address.
  • We may collect or retain special categories of data relating to race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership and physical or mental health.
  • If you apply for a job with us or you are a current employee we will collect data according to your contract of employment or contract for services.

Data collected when you visit our website

A Cookie is a small component of data a website stores on your PC which considers information about your navigation on that website. Cookies are used by us to get statistics on the use of our site through its users. This is done by analysing data such as the amount of time spent on each page and most visited pages. The data helps us to improve the quality of the website. uses Google Analytics Coo0kies to help us analyse how visitors use our site. To opt out of Google Analytics cookies, please go to

Other data we collect

This may include individuals who hold public office roles or civil servants and local authority and local enterprise partnership stakeholders whose information we process in order to contact them about our projects and policy guidance. The legal basis for processing this information is legitimate interest as we deem the use of their data necessary to fulfil our objectives as an organisation. This information is processed after we have conducted a balancing test which determines that our interests as an organisation do not override the individual’s interests, rights and freedoms. This type of data is held no longer than necessary or until the subject asks to be removed.

Data processed under contractual obligation

Data kept under contractual obligation includes basic personal information from our funders and suppliers in order for us to provide our services. It is kept for a minimum of 6 years. After this time it will be destroyed if it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was obtained.


We keep details of people who apply for an advertised position or send a speculative CV. The data is kept for no longer than six months from the closing date of the post applied for or receipt of CV. All applications are then discarded securely. Our policy is to employ the best qualified person for the job advertised and to provide equality of opportunity to all.

Sharing your personal data

We do not share any contact details with partners we work with, but details are shared across the Centre for Cities, Arup and the LSE where necessary. For the most part, data is held and processed at the Centre for Cities. Any data we might share will be name, job title and organisation. This information will only be shared with third parties when it is necessary to perform our objectives for example sharing the guest list for an event with a venue ahead of an event.

Third party links

A number of other organisations’ websites have links on our site. If you link to their sites, they may collect information in accordance with their own privacy policies. Such sites are not within our control and are not covered by this privacy policy.


The Centre has appropriate IT safeguards to ensure that its data is kept secure in encrypted storage. Our employees are instructed to follow the Centre’s internal security policy, which include measures preventing the loss, destruction, misuse and unauthorised disclosure of any personal data kept on our database.

Individual Rights

Any individual can request to see the information we hold on them at any time. If you believe the information we hold on you is incorrect, you will have the right to have this rectified or deleted accordingly.

A full list of an individual’s rights under GDPR are as follows:

  1. The right to access the personal data we hold on you
  2. The right to correct and update the personal data we hold on you
  3. The right to have your personal data erased
  4. The right to object to processing of your personal data
  5. The right to data portability
  6. The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time for any processing of personal data to which consent was sought.
  7. The right to object to the processing of personal data where applicable.
  8. The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office. You can contact the Information Commissioners Office via email, on 0303 123 1113, or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

If you have questions or you do not feel that your concerns have been addressed in our privacy statement, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at  

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