Decision details

Housing Benefit (Subsidy) Assurance Process Report

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Gareth Kelly, External Audit, presented a letter from Grant Thornton, advising that, for the form MPF720A dated, 28 February 2022, External Audit had completed the specific test requirements detailed in the DWP reporting framework HBAP and had identified the results set out in Appendices A, B, C and D to the report, which provided a report on housing benefit certification work carried out for South Lakeland District Council for year ended 31 March 2021.


Gareth Kelly explained that this was a very complex area and that the findings were not out of line with what External Audit found elsewhere.  There were some areas where errors had been found for the first time this year, by and large resulting in underpayments, but the Council would not be penalised as a result of this.  There were, however, some occasions of benefit claimants not receiving what they were entitled to, but this had been taken on board by management.  The result was that External Audit would have to carry out more testing next year.  The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) informed Members that the Housing Benefits Team had been working hard to improve processes and were putting in a large amount of effort to achieve a clean audit report in the final year.


RESOLVED – That the letter from External Audit on Housing Benefit (Subsidy) Assurance Year ended 31 March 2021 be received.

Publication date: 11/05/2022

Date of decision: 21/04/2022

Decided at meeting: 21/04/2022 - Audit Committee

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