DWP and Local Authority Associations Steering Group

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:

  • DWP
  • 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

Partnership Forum

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

March 2017: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes

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March 2017: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 112KB, 6 pages)

January 2017: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 127KB, 6 pages)

November 2016: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 107KB, 5 pages)

September 2016: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 104KB, 4 pages)

July 2016: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 129KB, 6 pages)

May 2016: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 105KB, 5 pages)

March 2016: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 122KB, 6 pages)

January 2016: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 106KB, 5 pages)

November 2015: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 39.2KB, 4 pages)

September 2015: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 85.5KB, 4 pages)

July 2015: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 44.5KB, 4 pages)

June 2015: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 116KB, 4 pages)

March 2015: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 161KB, 3 pages)

February 2015: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 194KB, 5 pages)

December 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 203KB, 6 pages)

November 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 98.6KB, 5 pages)

October 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 86.8KB, 4 pages)

September 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 196KB, 4 pages)

July 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 90.9KB, 7 pages)

June 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 74.6KB, 5 pages)

May 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 78.1KB, 5 pages)

March 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 45.9KB, 6 pages)

January 2014: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 32.6KB, 6 pages)

December 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 29.4KB, 5 pages)

November 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 27.9KB, 4 pages)

October 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 30.5KB, 5 pages)

August 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 31.5KB, 6 pages)

July 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 43.6KB, 5 pages)

June 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 28.2KB, 5 pages)

May 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 30.3KB, 6 pages)

April 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 43.4KB, 5 pages)

March 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 26.8KB, 4 pages)

February 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 31KB, 6 pages)

January 2013: DWP Local Authority Associations Steering Group minutes (PDF, 34.3KB, 7 pages)