DHP best practice guide and contracting out

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    Andrew Sheldon

    The recent DHP guide issue by DWP states that contractors can help administer DHP but [b:2992a8097c]cannot [/b:2992a8097c]actually make a decsion.

    [b:2992a8097c]Is this correct? [/b:2992a8097c]I thought that SI1888/2002 (contracting out social security) allowed for this which was supported by circular A22/2002.

    Or have I missed something?

    Grateful for any help



    I work in an LA which is contracted out. The administration of DHP’s can be dealt with by the service provider. However, the LA must authorise payment and hold the budget. Technically is does state that is cannot be contracted out.

    We found that by allowing the service provider to deal with the admin side ie recommendation, putting on computer and notification we were duplicating work. This was because the recommendation was sent to me and I would have to work through the claim and decide if the figures used etc were correct. After a year or so we made the decision to deal with the whole process in house. I found that I could keep better control of my budget as no one other than myself or my section can amend/grant a dhp.

    I am happy to discuss this with you.

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