Supported And Specified Accommodation The Latest Arrangements For Housing Benefit Claims


Event summary

Following a number of requests the CBRS is providing a fully updated short series of events on the treatment of claims for housing benefit from those living in supported, specified and temporary accommodation. These events will take place in Manchester Birmingham and London in January 2020 and are aimed at those who either have not previously attended this event or who wish to be updated on the issues raised by this type of claim. Dealing with housing benefit claims from those living in supported (exempt) accommodation and other specialist housing schemes 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. This series of CBRS events takes a detailed look these types of claim and provides 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. It also includes analysis of some of the latest relevant caselaw.


21 January 2020
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
Greater London
E1 8AN
[See map]

Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£295.00 excl VAT

*online booking for this event has closed. Bookings can now be made by phoning 020 7543 5892.

About this event

Who should attend?

Those Local Authority staff involved in the management and decision-making of benefits claims from those living in supported, specified and temporary accommodation and other organisations with an interest in the funding arrangements for such accommodation and local delivery of benefit services

How will you benefit from attending?

Delegates will
  • be updated on the arrangements for the provision of support for housing costs for those living in supported accommodation
  • understand the continuing responsibilities for Local Authorities in providing this support during and following the transition to Universal Credit.
  • be aware of the latest legislation and caselaw affecting such schemes and the impact on Local Authorities and the providers and residents of supported accommodation
  • understand the impact on and costs for Local Authorities of the administrative and subsidy arrangements 
  • be able to consider what new arrangements and administrative processes may be required in responding to these retained housing benefit responsibilities.

CPD Hours

Severn and a half hours. 


  • Central government
  • / Housing
  • / Revenues and benefits

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Speaker - Sheldon Wood, Benefits Advisor, CIPFA Benefits & Revenues Service (CBRS)

Sheldon Wood

Sheldon has 16 years' local government experience, including as Principal Benefits Officer at Sheffield City Council, where he managed the service and implemented major changes to the council's benefits administration. He joined the CIPFA Benefits and Revenues Service (CBRS) in 2003 and has trained and advised members of the team on all aspects of benefits legislation and local authority benefits service administration, focusing on the changes required as a result of successive government welfare reform policies and change programmes. E:, T: 0114 255932.