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. The different subsidy arrangements relating to these kinds of claim can result in high costs for local authorities.
This manual provides detailed guidance and information for local authorities on the interpretation and applications of the complex regulations involved, and the financial impact on local authorities and providers of supported accommodation.