A guide to the powers of Authorised Officers to obtain information from employers and others in connection with social security.
Authorised Officers are appointed by the Department for Work and Pensions under the Social Security Administration Act 1992. They are authorised to obtain certain information from specified people, including employers, contractors, the self-employed, pension providers and licensing authorities. They carry identity cards that confirm they act on behalf of the department.
This code of practice explains the powers of Authorised Officers, the extent of their powers, and the responsibilities and rights of the people they request information from.