Using Housing Benefit information for other purposes

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  • #20772
    Anonymous
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    I am currently resisting a request from Legal for a forwarding adress held on Housing Benefit records so that they can pursue for o/s rent.
    It has always been my view from what I have read, including Insight in June/July that it is safer not to share info given purely for HB Claim purposes.

    Am I being pedantic????:)

    #3441
    peterdelamothe
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    At a CIPFA ocnference in Leeds, an independent solicitor reminded delegates that using Housing Benefit information for other non-related HB purposes was subject to the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act which carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.

    With this in mind, I doubt you are being too pedantic!

    #3442
    Julian Hobson
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    Peter do you have the appropriate section of the act. I’m not sure they are right given the guidance I have seen from the Info Commissioner in the past. Perhaps we need to raise this again ?

    #3443
    Anonymous
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    What about sections 94 & 95 of the Local govt. Act 2000? This gives HB depts. permission to share HB info on tenants in order that the Supporting People Grant can pay the correct subsidy payments to landlords post April 2003. It is for that reason that local authorities have just completed Data Claimant Extracts for SP teams.

    #3444
    Anonymous
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    Could you clarify the issue about using HB records for the purposes of benefits take up, partcularly MIG but also other benefits. In partcular the role of LA welfare rights services and using HB records.

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