A NUMBER of borough councillors are in the midst of complaints proceedings relating to a data breach at the authority.

According to a officer-written report, there are six complaints about borough councillors which remain outstanding as they await the result of a national watchdog probe into an alleged breach of confidential information.

As preciously reported in The Gazette, data watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been conducting an investigation after a complaint over data handling involving Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

The complaint had been classified as 'serious' initially, but, at a meeting in July, the subject of the alleged breach came up with it stated the ICO's initial findings were that no 'unlawful access of personal data' had occurred.

The complaint to the ICO was lodged at the end of last year.

A report due to be discussed at a Standards Committee meeting on Monday, which notes the outstanding complaints against councillors, states the ICO's final decision is expected 'with the next five weeks' at which point the councillor complaints should be able to be ruled upon.