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					                                   Equalities Data 2011 - Benefits

                                                Introduction


The Benefits Department of the Council deals with benefits relating to their residence in the Borough.
The statistics contained in the report are generated from data collected from applications made from
members of the public within the Borough, and is represented here in a way that it is not individual
identifiable. The Council endeavours to ensure all applicants are treated fairly and equitably in the
assessment and award of benefits, now and in the future and actively seeks ways to reduce or remove
any practices which prevent this.



                                            Backdated Benefits


Backdated benefit is awarded where the customer can show that they have 'continuous good cause' for
not making a claim for a past period. This is limited to six months for under-60s and three months for
over-60s. This is a subjective test carried out by staff, and is based upon guidance issued by the DWP.
The guidance was written at the start of the HB/CTB scheme, and has not been significantly updated
since its inception. The Council has a policy and procedure on backdating which is based on DWP
guidance.


                                                 Disability


Claimants who are disabled are not routinely recorded on the benefit system - the reason is that a
person's disability may not affect the rate of HB/CTB they are paid, in cases where a certain type of
state benefit is in payment which may or may not be connected with disability (e.g. Income Support,
Pension Credit).


                                    Discretionary Housing Payments


Discretionary Housing Payments are made from limited government funding to those customers who
need additional help to meet rent and council tax, and who receive standard housing benefit and council
tax benefit. The policy and procedure has been updated for 2011. An enhanced level of equalities
information is recorded from 2011. The test is to some extent subjective and decision making is carried
out by 2 officers (Housing and Benefits).


                                              Fraud Referrals


Referrals to the Corporate Anti Fraud and Anti Corruption Team (CAFACT) are generally made by
benefits staff, but can come from other sources, e.g. members of the public, housing associations, other
RBBC services. The referrals are scored to establish whether or not an investigation should start. There
is currently limited information recorded about equalities in this area, although this has not always been
the case, as procedures have changed.


                                        Overpayments Written Off


Sundry Debtor Accounts can be written off when the debtor cannot be located and cannot therefore be issued
with notice that a debt has been incurred and recovery of the debt cannot be made.
                                    Equalities Data 2011 - Benefits

                                            Live Caseload

 Claimant Gender Split         Claimant Age Split


Gender       Number       Age Group        Number

Male            4885     Under-60            4085
Female          2846     Over-60             3646
                               Claimant Ethnic Origin


                         Ethnic Origin                  Number

Any Other Ethnic Group                                    7
Asian & Bangladeshi                                       2
Asian & British                                           24
Asian & Chinese                                           1
Asian & Indian                                            3
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi                       18
Asian or Asian British: Indian                            12
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani                         18
Asian or British: Any other Background                    35
Asian & Pakistani                                         6
Black & African                                           6
Black-Black British:African                               41
Black-Black British:Caribbean                             16
Black-Black British:Other                                 26
Black & British                                           4
Black & Caribbean                                         4
Information Not Supplied                                 2592
Mixed: Any other mixed background                         14
Mixed - Asian & White                                     1
Mixed - Black, African & White                            2
Mixed - Black, Caribbean & White                          3
Mixed: White and Asian                                    9
Mixed: White and Black African                            8
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean                          14
Other Asian                                               6
Other Black                                               2
Other Mixed                                               5
Other White                                               29
White: Any other White background                        156
White & British                                          666
White: British                                           2252
White & Irish                                             12
White: Irish                                              27

Total                                                    6021


Positive information provided                            3429
Percentage of caseload with data                        44.4%
                                              Backdated Claims


                                        Granted/Refused By Age & Gender


   Granted   Under-20   20-30   31-40           41-50         51+         Total     Gender   Granted Refused

Female          0        10      5                11           3           29     Male         29      40
Male            1         3      8                8            0           20     Famale       20      46

Total           1        13      13               19           3           49


   Refused   Under-20   20-30   31-40           41-50         51+         Total

Female          0        15      15               11          5            46
Male            0        10      10               9           11           40

Total           0        25      25               20          16           86
                                          Backdated Claims Granted/Refused By Ethnic Origin


                           Granted                                                                      Refused

        Ethnic Origin           Number                %                                 Ethnic Origin        Number      %

Not Supplied                         17             34.7%                       Not Supplied                      39   45.4%
White-Irish                           0              0.0%                       White-Irish                       1    1.2%
White-British                        30             61.2%                       White-British                     36   41.9%
White-Other                           0              0.0%                       White-Other                       3    3.5%
Mixed                                 0              0.0%                       Mixed                             1    1.2%
Asian-British: Other                  1              2.0%                       Asian-British: Other              2    2.3%
Asian-British: Indian                 0              0.0%                       Asian-British: Indian             1    1.2%
Black-British: Caribbean              0              0.0%                       Black-British: Caribbean          1    1.2%
Black-British: African                0              0.0%                       Black-British: African            2    2.3%
Black-British: Other                  1              2.0%                       Black-British: Other              0    0.0%

Total                                49            100.00%                      Total                             86   100.00%
                                                  Discretionary Housing Payments


                                 Granted                                                          Refused

                                                    Gender                                                     Gender
                 Ethnic Origin                                                         Ethnic Origin
                                           Male              Female                                         Male  Female

Asian-British: Indian             1         1                  0           Black British               2     0       2
Black-British: African            2         0                  2           British: Indian             1     1       0
White-British                    15         2                  13          Mixed Background            2     0       2
Unknown                           7         2                  5           White background            3     2       1
                                                                           White/British               13    3      10
                                                                           White/Irish                 1     1       0
                                                                           Unknown                     16    8       8
                                                    Overpayments Written Off


Age (Years)   Gender    Ethnic Origin       Reason For Write-Off


    73          Male     Unknown                  Deceased
    57          Male    White British        Local Authority Error
    36         Female   White British        Local Authority Error
    21         Female   Not Supplied            Uneconomical
    53          Male     Unknown                Uneconomical
    89         Female   Not Supplied              Deceased
    77          Male     Unknown                  Deceased
    86         Female   Not Supplied              Deceased
    41         Female    Unknown             Local Authority Error
    26          Male     Unknown                Uneconomical
    24          Male    White British        Local Authority Error
    60          Male    Not Supplied         Local Authority Error
    88         Female    Unknown             Local Authority Error
    26          Male    White - Other        Local Authority Error
    26          Male    Not Supplied    Sundry Debtor Account Write-Off
    30         Female   Not Supplied    Sundry Debtor Account Write-Off
    27          Male    Not Supplied    Sundry Debtor Account Write-Off
    42          Male     Unknown              Unable To Recover
    52         Female   Not Supplied              Deceased
    38         Female   Not Supplied             Insolvency
    54          Male    Not Supplied            Uneconomical
    44        Unknown    Unknown                  Deceased
    43          Male     Unknown                  Deceased
    88        Unknown    Unknown                  Deceased
    47         Female    Unknown             Local Authority Error
    89        Unknown    Unknown                  Deceased
    66        Unknown    Unknown              Unable To Recover
    62        Unknown   White British             Deceased
    48         Female    Unknown              Too Old To Chase
    27         Female   White British         Too Old To Chase
    66          Male    Not Supplied         Local Authority Error
    40         Female   Not Supplied         Local Authority Error
    85         Female    Unknown             Local Authority Error
    23         Female   White British        Local Authority Error
                                                  Fraud Referrals - 2011/2012


                        Investigations                                                   Prosecutions

   Gender         Referrals                    Investigations                   Gender        Total     Percentage

Male        204          35%             128               36%             Male                6           50%
Female      373          65%             229               64%             Female              6           50%
                                                                Equalities Data 2011 - Benefits


               Age Ranges Of Granted Backdated                                                Age Ranges Of Refused Backdated
                           Claims                                                                         Claims
                                     2%                                                                           0%
                                6%                                                                          19%
                                                 26%                       Under-20                                      29%                   Under-20
                39%                                                        20-30                                                               20-30
                                                                                                 23%
                                                                           31-40                                                               31-40
                                                27%                        41-50                                        29%                    41-50
                                                                           51+                                                                 51+




           Granted Backdated Claims By Ethnic                                               Refused Backdated Claims By Ethnic
     0%                 Origin                                                                           Origin
2%
                      0%   0%   2%                                                                                 0%
          0%                                                                               1% 2%       1% 1% 2%
0%                                                         Not Supplied               4%                                       Not Supplied
                                          35%              White-Irish                                                         White-Irish
                                                                                                                        46%
                                                           White-British                                                       White-British
                                                           White-Other                     42%                                 White-Other
          61%
                                                           Mixed                                                               Mixed

                                                      0%   Asian-British: Other                                                Asian-British: Other
                                                           Asian-British: Indian                                               Asian-British: Indian
                                                                                                                   1%
Discretionary Housing Payments                      Discretionary Housing Payments
    Granted By Ethnic Origin                            Refused By Ethnic Origin
        4%                                                          3%
                                                                          5%    Black British
             8%                                                5%
 28%                                                                            British: Indian
                                                    42%                  8%
                           Asian-British: Indian
                                                                                Mixed Background
                           Black-British: African
                                                                                White background
                           White-British                                 34%
                  60%                                                           White/British
                           Unknown
                                                                                White/Irish
                                                                                Unknown
                                                          3%

				
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