This full day event was last run in January 2020 and, following a number of requests, was repeated on 10 February 2021 by webinar.
The provision of support with housing costs for those living in supported accommodation is one of the housing benefit responsibilities retained by local authorities.
Housing benefit payments are essential for the financial viability of supported accommodation, funding around 75% - 80% of the overall costs. Dealing with housing benefit claims from those living in supported (exempt) accommodation and other specialist housing schemes, however, are some of the most complex areas of housing benefits administration and the different subsidy arrangements relating to these kinds of claim can result in high costs for local authorities.
The effective identification and treatment of housing benefit claims in respect of such accommodation therefore remains important both for local authorities and supported accommodation providers. The webinar provided a full update on the treatment of housing benefit claims from those living in supported and temporary accommodation and the financial impact on the authority and providers.