Local Authority Input Document

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    aosulliv
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    Does anyone know if claimant’s sign a ‘declaration’ like most on the back of LA application forms – [i:e2d938cbdf]I know that I must inform the COUNCIL of changes in circumstances even if I have informed the Benefits Agency[/i:e2d938cbdf]- if we award HB based on an input document.

    I know that the DWP have their signatures (if needed) but unsure of the declaration part.

    #4944
    Kevin D
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    [quote:95d8482bfa]I know that the DWP have their signatures (if needed) but unsure of the declaration part[/quote:95d8482bfa]

    [i:95d8482bfa]Until they destroy the paper work in one of their circular clear outs…..[/i:95d8482bfa]

    #4945
    Anonymous
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    I worked on the HBVP pilot when it first came out in 2003/4, the DWP at that time had an agreement to keep the signed form for 13 months. (This was tested by requesting a few forms from them and I did get the signed forms back).

    Hope this helps.

    #4946
    Kevin D
    Participant

    Yep. 13-14 months appears to be typical. But, it doesn’t help much in cases where IS/JSA(IB) ceases, but the clmt continues to be entitled to HB/CTB. So, DWP destroy the papers (‘cos they no longer have any interest) leaving LAs without any chance of getting them 2/3 years later for a HB/CTB claim that is still live. 🙁

    #4947
    Anonymous
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    What other problems have local authorities experienced when using LAINPUT DOCUMENTS to award Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.
    are there any authorites who still issue their own application forms but use the LAINPUT DOCUMENT for working out the claim date?
    if so what was the reasons for doing this?

    #4948
    aosulliv
    Participant

    The reason I ask this is two fold:

    1. Had a case that the claimant won at Tribunal (for CTB overpayment not HB) as he only requested HB but unfortunately as he was registered for Council Tax, this was awarded.

    2. Have a case that I am dealing with now that has obviously not been signed (LA input doc) but I want to know what (if at all) the declaration signed by the claimant with the JC+ states

    #4949
    Anonymous
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    JCP policy is actually to hold the customer statement 6 years when it includes a Hb/CTB claim, regardless of what happens with the IS/JSA/IB claim

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