This consultation asks for views on the draft regulations which amend the Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) Regulations 2012 to allow the Secretary of State to share relevant information with social landlords for prescribed purposes. The information shared by DWP will enable social landlords to assess and provide support to their tenants who have made Universal Credit (UC) claims or receive UC. Social landlords will include Registered Social Landlords, Local Authorities with their own housing stock, and Arm’s-length Management Organisations.
The intention is that, under the proposed amendments, social landlords would have responsibility for assessing whether their tenants require appropriate types of advice, support or assistance in relation to managing their financial affairs. In order for the landlord to make such an assessment, it is proposed that the Secretary of State will share details of tenants who have made a claim for or have an award of Universal Credit. It is considered that such data sharing by the Secretary of State is proportionate under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998.
The consultation period begins on 19th September 2014 and runs until 19th October 2014.