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Housing Benefit and Supported Housing

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Session 1 – what is specified accommodation – 2-4pm, Tuesday 22nd September
Session 2 – Rent and service charges – 1.00 – 2.30pm,Tuesday 29th September
Session 3 – The Local Authority subsidy position – 3.00pm – 4.30pm Tuesday 29th September

Housing Benefit and Supported Housing – a series of 3 short webinars to allow delegates to choose those sessions most relevant to them

About this Event

Some types of supported housing – specified accommodation – continue to be dealt with through the Housing Benefits system rather than through Universal Credit.

The purpose of this course is to:

  • set out which types of supported housing come under the HB system
  • consider the various sorts of costs associated with supported housing and how they can be recovered through rents and service charges
  • explain the DWP subsidy system ie the amount of funding that local authorities can recover for HB payments to people living in supported housing.

The course is being delivered over a series of 3 short webinars and has been designed so that delegates can attend those sessions that are most relevant to them.

Our trainer is Paula Docherty IRRV (Dip). Paula currently works for Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Session 1 – what is specified accommodation? (already taken place)

2-4pm Tuesday 22nd September

This session will be particularly helpful for delegates who are new to supported housing or who would like to re-fresh their knowledge of the system.

  • What does specified accommodation mean for accommodation providers?
  • What is enhanced housing management?
  • Q&A

Session 2 – Rent and service charges

1.00 – 2.30pm Tuesday 29th September

  • Which service charges are eligible for HB?
  • Defining ‘reasonable’
  • Differentiating between Care and support charges and Housing Management
  • Q&A

Session 3 – The Local Authority subsidy position

3.00pm – 4.30pm Tuesday 29th September

  • DWP position
  • Crystal Ball- what the future may hold
  • Q & A

It would be helpful to have a few examples of the sorts of costs and charges associated with the specified accommodation that delegates provide. Here is a reminder of the definition:

Specified accommodation is:

• a resettlement place or accommodation provided by a nonmetropolitan county council (in England), housing association, registered charity or voluntary organisation (the organisation providing the accommodation, or person acting on their behalf, must provide the claimant with care, support or supervision)

• accommodation into which the claimant has been admitted in order to meet a need for care, support or supervision that is provided by one of the following:

– county council

– housing association

– registered charity

– voluntary organisation

• accommodation for victims of domestic violence where they are managed by:

– local authorities

– county councils

– housing associations

– registered charities

– voluntary organisations

• hostel accommodation provided by local authorities where care, support or supervision is also provide

If you would like to provide an example of a service and the breakdown of charges please contact Yvette Burgess at yvette.burgess@ccpscotland.org

Please register to attend all or selected sessions. We will be circulating a recording of the key inputs afterwards so please register if you are interested in the topics even if you cannot make the actual live session.

Book for all or selected sessions here


September 29
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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