Research and analysis

Discretionary Housing Payments, Universal Credit, and the benefit cap: Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 25

Wave 25 of a regular survey that asks local authorities about benefit administration and their views on current and future policy.


Local authority insight survey: wave 25

Summary: Local authority insight survey: wave 25

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The local authority (LA) insight survey is conducted roughly every 6 to 12 months with managers who are responsible for the administration of Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Benefit (CTB). It aims to:

  • provide DWP with a regular means of finding out how LAs organise their benefit administration
  • gauge their views on the implications of current and future policy and regulations

The report presents the findings of wave 25 of the survey, which covered the following areas:

  • Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • risk based verification (RBV)
  • the Benefit Cap
  • Automated Transfers to Local Authority System (ATLAS)
  • HB advice and wider issues
  • Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy
  • shared accommodation rate (SAR)
  • supported accommodation

Authors: Claire Durrant, Elaine Winter and Darren Yaxley (GfK NOP)

Published 15 July 2014