Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To seek Cabinet permission to cease using RBV
from 1 April 2020
Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which sought approval to stop using the Risk Based Verification policy for Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support claims from 1 April 2020.
Cabinet members were informed that the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee would consider the report in January 2020. The Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee had been consulted and had indicated he was satisfied with the recommendations being put forward.
The Risk Based Verification policy could continue to operate. However, its primary purpose of identifying high and medium risk Housing Benefit claims for people of working-age has been removed by the introduction of Universal Credit full service.
1. That the ending of the use of the Risk Based Verification policy for Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support claims from 1 April 2020 be approved.
Reasons for the Decision:
On 3 August 2015, Cabinet approved the implementation of the Risk Based Verification policy for Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support claims.
Risk Based Verification is a method of applying different levels of verification checks to benefit claims according to the predicted risk associated with those claims. This policy was primarily aimed at Housing Benefit claims from people of working-age.
Following the introduction of Universal Credit full service on 16 May 2018, the majority of new claims from people of working-age who need help to pay their rent have to be made to the Department for Work and Pensions.
Claims from people of pension age and claims for Local Council Tax Support are in the main low risk and the Risk Based Verification policy is no longer considered to be necessary.
Eligible for call in – yes
Report author: Keith Mackenzie
Publication date: 26/02/2020
Date of decision: 02/12/2019
Decided at meeting: 02/12/2019 - Cabinet