Wigan Council loses the data of 200 disabled residents

A Greater Manchester council has lost details of 200 disabled residents – a year after a previous security blunder.

Wigan Council believes a memory stick containing hundreds of confidential details fell out of an employee’s pocket in January…. Town hall chiefs have suspended one member of staff and disciplined another in relation to the latest loss.

Officials from the Adult Services department have spent the last two days individually contacting each of the 200 disabled residents to explain what happened.

The personal details saved on the memory stick include names, addresses, some national insurance numbers, ethnicity and types of disability, but no financial data was lost.

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