Decision details

Housing Benefit Assurance Process Contract Award

Decision Maker: Director for Housing and Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The Council is required to procure a reporting accountant to undertake an audit of the subsidy claim made to the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) for Housing Benefit granted. This contract is for a reporting accountant to perform the audit in accordance with the Housing Benefit (subsidy) Assurance Process (HBAP) modules for our subsidy claim for 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23, with an option for a further 12 month extension to cover the requirements of the HBAP modules for the subsidy claim for the 2023/2024 financial year.


1.     Authority to use an Exemption as detailed below;


2.     Authority to award the contract to Ernst Young for the HBAP Assurance Process for the period 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23 with the possibility of a further year 2023/24


3.     Authority to enter into any necessary agreements with the Contractor

Publication date: 16/05/2023

Date of decision: 03/09/2021

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