England & Wales Finance , Housing and planning , Welfare and equalities

Welfare reform and local authorities

Summary

* This briefing summarises a Select Committee report on the Implementation of welfare reform by local authorities and highlights its recommendations.

* The report welcomes the localist dimension to the reforms and the contribution of local authorities to local welfare provision. It reflects evidence of concerted local efforts to implement the changes on time.

* Four key areas are identified for Government action: closer interdepartmental working; better assessment of the cumulative impact of the reforms on local funding; mechanisms to ameliorate the housing support payment changes, and; the fitness of ICT systems.

*Local members will want to be aware of the reforms and their implications for both the authority and local people. Officers in social services and housing (administration and provision) will value the administrative insights and recommendations to Government.

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