Anglia Revenues and Benefits Partnership
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The purpose of the report was in recognition of the impact of the current recession on the number of Housing Benefit claims and changes in claimants’ financial circumstances reported to Local Authorities. The Government, through the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP), was providing extra funding to authorities over the next two years to ensure that they could respond to the extra Housing Benefits workload.
1) the release of the grant funding to the Partnership be approved; and
2) the funding received by East Cambridgeshire and Forest heath be paid into the Partnership budgets held by Breckland Council and allocated accordingly to the Partner Authorities.
Reasons for the decision:
The reason for the recommendation was to enable the ARP to continue to provide a Benefits service at the current level of performance whilst experiencing increasing workload.
Alternative options considered:
The options available were:
1) Not to request the extra funding available from DWP and not to employ extra benefit officers; and
2) To request the extra funding available as an additional subsidy to be used for temporary employment of agency staff within the Housing Benefits team.
Publication date: 14/05/2009
Date of decision: 12/05/2009
Decided at meeting: 12/05/2009 - Cabinet
Effective from: 22/05/2009