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This guidance aims to help local authorities decide whether they can use customer data, obtained for the purpose of administering social security benefits, to help improve other locally managed services and benefits. It is primarily aimed at Housing and Council Tax Reduction teams, but other local authority teams may also find it useful, particularly in light of the extended data sharing powers included in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (WRA) and associated regulations.
This guide is intended to help local authorities to better understand some of the main considerations and constraints that frame how social security data can be used.
Replaced guidance with revised version incorporating the HB/CTB A5/2012 and A9/2013 circulars and a new chapter on the extended data sharing powers included in the Welfare Reform Act 2012, and associated 2013 regulations.