Local Authority HB subsidy to be maintained for 2014/5

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/universal-credit-working-together-for-improved-outcomes
 

Lord Freud:

 

"Our current planning assumption is that the Universal Credit service will be fully available in each part of Great Britain during 2016, having closed down new claims to the benefits it replaced – including working age Housing Benefit; with the majority of the remaining legacy caseload moving to Universal Credit during 2016 and 2017.

 

I would like to reassure you again that we will maintain the level of funding required to administer housing benefit in 2014/15.

 

Clearly last week’s announcement of our rollout plans will mean we’ll need to take a close look, with LGA colleagues, at 2015/16 funding".

 

Hbinfo note: there is of course the small matter of an election in 2015…..