Government to publish plan for information sharing

The government today pledged to publish a comprehensive plan for information sharing across the public sector in April next year, to help implement this week’s social exclusion action plan .

Launching a Department for Constitutional Affairs statement on information sharing, information rights minister Baroness Ashton said tackling social exclusion required joint working but the information needed to make this happen was not always shared.

The statement says the government will explore what information needs to be shared and the best way for it to be done over the course of the social exclusion action plan pilots.

It says the DWP is also developing a system to automatically gather information to help identify entitlement to council tax benefit among people claiming pension credit.

Ashton added: “We are determined that information-sharing will help us to better target support to the most disadvantaged in society.”

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