Universal Credit data sharing regulations

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has laid amendment regulations to support data sharing for Universal Support, which came into force on 13 February 2015. Further information is provided in Housing Benefit Circular HB G2/2015 17 February (see paragraphs 24 – 35).

In summary, the Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) Regulations 2012 available here has now been amended by The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 available here to permit DWP to:

  • inform social landlords whenever one of their tenants makes a claim for, or receives an award of, Universal Credit with housing costs; and
  • share specific information relating to a particular individual with LAs and included support providers where they have identified that the individual requires joined-up support services; and these organisations to share specific information amongst themselves and DWP for the purposes of the Universal Support initiative. These changes will be introduced in tranches – see the HB circular above for further details.

Further Background:

This follows a DWP consultation which came to an end on 12 January, but can still  can be downloaded here: Open consultation: Universal Credit data sharing between DWP and local support providers (PDF).

Universal Credit data sharing is intended to help assess and provide support to vulnerable people as part of the Universal Support delivered locally (formerly Local Support Services Framework) initiative. Sharing information should enable the claimant to receive a tailored package of support from appropriate partnership organisations without being required to repeatedly give information to each organisation.

4 March 2015