This is a forum for DWP and local authorities to discuss strategic issues relating to Housing Benefit and local authority funding.
Role of the group
The DWP and Local Authority Associations Steering Group is the main forum for DWP to consult with local authority associations. It considers:
- significant strategic issues on the design and administration of Housing Benefit and other DWP issues that affect these
- matters relating to the funding of local authorities through the DWP subsidy
The purpose of the group is to ensure that local authorities:
- are kept aware of DWP policy and strategy developments that affect them
- have the opportunity, where possible, to help shape developments
Practitioners Operational Group
The Practitioners Operational Group reports to the DWP and Local Authority Associations Steering Group and discusses operational issues relating to Housing Benefit.
UC LA Steering Group
The UC LA Steering Group replaces the functions of the former Transition Working Group and sits aside the LAA Steering Group. It acts as a high level engagement group to provide oversight and to evaluate and clear items from the UC Strategic Working Group.
UC Strategic Working Group
The UC Strategic Working Group replaces the Universal Support delivered locally Taskforce with an expanded remit. It sits under the new UC Strategic Steering Group. This group handles all working level decisions and, where necessary, it will set up bespoke sub groups for a time-limited basis to handle specific requirements.
Other representative groups
A range of other representative groups include representation from:
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Scottish Government
- Welsh Government
- local authorities
- county councils
- Local Government Associations of England, Scotland and Wales
- housing providers
- the voluntary sector
The Partnership Forum is designed to give local authorities the opportunity to input to Universal Credit and the wider welfare reform agenda.
Scottish and Welsh Advisory Groups
The Scottish and Welsh Advisory Groups cover all aspects of implementation and delivery in Scotland and Wales.
Finance and Commercial Working Group
The Finance and Commercial Working Group covers all financial aspects of Universal Credit and how local authorities may be affected.
Steering Group terms of reference
Steering Group minutes