Decision details

Risk Based Verification Policy For Housing Benefit And Council Tax Reduction

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Following a successful pilot, it is proposed to introduce Risk Based Verification for all claims.  Risk Based Verification changes the way that housing benefit claims are verified, reducing the amount of evidence required for low risk cases while ensuring more activity is directed to checking high risk claims.


Appendices A-C of the report are not for publication as they contain exempt information of the description in paragraphs 14, 18 and 21 of Schedule 12 A of the Local Government Act 1972.





1.            the policy for Risk Based Verification as attached at Appendix A to the report be approved.


2.            the policy take effect from 1st January 2020.


3.            Authority be delegated to the Assistant Director of Housing and Communities in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities to review the policy annually and to make changes as necessary.


Publication date: 22/11/2019

Date of decision: 21/11/2019

Decided at meeting: 21/11/2019 - Cabinet

Effeithiol O: 04/12/2019

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