Re-use means the use of public sector information for a purpose other than the initial purpose for which it was produced, held, collected or disseminated.

There are no definitive statements on what is meant by the term “public task” under the "Re-use Regulations”. In practice, it consists of information that a public sector body must produce, collect or provide to fulfil its core role and functions.

Background

The Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA) is the collection and management body in respect of future devolved taxes in Wales. From April 2018, the devolved taxes will be Land Transaction Tax and Landfill Disposal Taxes.

WRA’s members are a: chair, other non-executive members and a chief executive (all appointed by Welsh Ministers) plus up to 3 other members of staff who will be appointed as executive members.

Public task

The WRA exercises its functions, ie. its powers and duties, as set out in the devolved taxes primary legislation and the Government of Wales Act 2006. The devolved taxes primary legislation are the Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016 (TCMA), which establishes the WRA; the Land Transaction and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017 and the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017.

The main function of the WRA as set out in s12 of TCMA is the collection and management of devolved taxes (WRA’s general function).

The WRA also has the following particular functions:

  • providing to the Welsh Ministers information advice and assistance relating to devolved taxes.
  • providing information and assistance relating to devolved taxes to devolved taxpayers, their agents and other persons.
  • resolving complaints and disputes relating to devolved taxes.
  • promoting compliance with the law relating to devolved taxes and protecting against tax evasion and tax avoidance in relation to devolved taxes.

In addition to any other powers it has, the WRA may do anything which it considers necessary or expedient in connection with the exercise of its functions, or incidental or conducive to the exercise of those functions.

Access and licensing

The information that we collect and create is done so in accordance with our public task. Unless the information is excluded by the Re-use Regulations, all information held by the WRA is available for re-use. Examples of exclusions include where a third party holds the copyright for the information or where access is restricted under other legislation such as the Data Protection Act 1998, the General Data Protection Regulations when they come into force 25 May 2018, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the TCMA.

We may make information available via social media platforms.

Requests for access and re-use may be made simultaneously.

Exclusions

These regulations do not apply to:

  1. a document where access is excluded or restricted under information access legislation including on the grounds of protection of personal data, protection of national security, defence or public security, statistical confidentiality or commercial confidentiality (including business, professional or company secrets); or
  2. any part of a document which -
    1. is accessible under information access legislation; and,
    2. contains personal data the re-use of which would be incompatible with the law concerning the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.

Guidance on re-use

Guidance on re-use is available on the National Archives.

Complaints

This statement is regularly reviewed. If you have any queries on this public task statement you can contact us. If you have a complaint about the Welsh Revenue Authority under the Re-use Regulations, please write to us at:

Welsh Revenue Authority
QED Centre
Main Avenue
Trefforest Industrial Estate
Trefforest
Rhondda Cynon Taff
CF37 5YR