The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have released the finalised specification for the new exit payments data requirement. The specification has been amended as a result of the feedback from and on behalf of sixty local authorities, and which was also discussed in detail with the Central and Local Government Information Partnership finance group.

Clearance has been received from the LGA (Gateway Group) that the data collection is now part of the Single Data List of required regular data returns.

The finalised specification is available to download as an Excel workbook from

The data collection will also be formally launched imminently on the online data collection system, DELTA ( The easiest way to submit the data will be to upload this Excel workbook into DELTA.


Deadlines for submission

The deadlines for submission are as follows:

  • data for 2019-20 and 2020-21 should be uploaded by Monday 14 June.
  • data for the years of 2014-15 to 2018-19 should be uploaded by Wednesday 30 June.


Submitting data

In the meantime, it is important that the person or people who will be submitting the data on behalf of your local authority are registered on the online data collection system, DELTA, so that they will be able to upload the data for your authority as follows:

If you or your colleagues need further help with DELTA registration, please email

If no one has registered from your authority for this data return by Monday 7 June, then the LGA will register you to receive the reminders and to be able to upload the data.

If you have any other queries about the data collection, please email

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