Records created or inherited by the Benefits Agency

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Records created or inherited by the Benefits Agency

Records of the Benefits Agency relating to the administration and payment of social security claims.

Publicity material, NB 1, and codes of instruction, NB 2. Registered files of the Chief Executive's Office, NB 4, and the dataset of the Earnings Top-up (ETU) benefit pilot project, NB 5. Minutes and papers of the Management Team (BAMT), NB 6. Registered files of the Benefits Agency Medical Services, NB 7. Registered files of the Benefits Agency Planning Unit (Registry 730), NB 8.

Date: 1988-2002
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator: Benefits Agency, 1991-2002
Physical description: 7 series
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition: Department for Work and Pensions
Administrative / biographical background:

The Benefits Agency is an executive agency of the Department of Social Security (DSS); it was set up under the Next Steps programme, and launched on 10 April 1991.

The Benefits Agency was formed of the benefits administration and payment sections of the Benefits and Records Division of DSS, along with the Social Security Medical Division and the regional offices of the department. The Agency administers claims for and payment of social security benefits, and provides medical boarding services for itself, DSS and the War Pensions Agency.

The Benefits Agency had district offices throughout the UK. From April 2002 , the Benefits Agency and Employment Service were replaced by two new businesses: Jobcentre Plus and The Pension Service.

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