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Housing Benefit Subsidy Claim - 2019/20

Meeting: 20/01/2021 - South Holland District Council (Item 72)

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To report the outcome of the 2019/20 Housing Benefit Subsidy claim audit (report of Portfolio Holder for Finance, Strategies, Partnerships and Executive Director - Commercialisation (S151) enclosed)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Strategies and Partnerships, and the Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) which reported the outcome of the 2019/20 Housing Benefit Subsidy claim audit.

 

The report was presented by the Revenue and Benefits Operations Manager, and it was noted that KPMG had undertaken the 2019/20 Housing Benefit Subsidy audit, in accordance with the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) reporting framework instruction.

 

The auditors had identified that the Council had not reviewed its policy with regard to War Disablement Pensions and Widows Pensions for some time.  Council was advised that this was an area where the Authority had the discretion to increase the amount of disregarded income.

 

The Leader stated that the existing policy had not previously been reviewed as the Authority’s view was that the current policy was appropriate and unlikely to change. 

 

DECISION:

 

a)    That it be noted that the report had been considered by the Governance and Audit Committee; and

 

b)      That continuation of the disregard from the calculation of housing benefit of all income prescribed in the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (War Pension Disregards) Regulations 2007 be approved.


Meeting: 14/01/2021 - Governance and Audit Committee (Item 27)

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To report the outcome of the 2019/20 Housing Benefit subsidy claim audit (report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Strategies and Partnerships and the Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Strategies and Partnerships, and the Executive Director – Commercialisation (S151) which considered the outcome of the 2019/20 Housing Benefit Subsidy claim audit.

 

The Revenues and Benefits Operational Manager informed the Committee that the Council paid out £13,678,610 in Housing Benefit and received £13,630,425 in subsidy from Central Government.

 

The Committee was also informed that during the audit the Council was disregarding War Disablement and War Widows Pension when calculating entitlement to Housing Benefit.  This decision was over 10 years old and it was recommended that the decision be reviewed and consideration be given to whether or not the Council wished to continue it.

 

AGREED:

 

1)    That the 2019/20 Housing Benefit Subsidy Audit report be noted; and

 

2)    That the Council be recommended to continue to disregard from the calculation of housing benefit all income prescribed in the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (War Pension Disregards) Regulations 2007.