Supported Exempt Accommodation – Survey Report – March 2013

Supported housing in Scotland and the extent to which it may be exempt from various aspects of welfare reform – March 2013

The Housing Support Enabling Unit (HSEU), Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Homeless Action Scotland (HAS) set out to gather information about the extent to which supported accommodation in Scotland falls under the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) definition of Supported Exempt Accommodation (SEA).  This has become an important question to address because:

  • the DWP intends to exempt supported housing from certainaspects of the changes being made to the welfare benefits systemand is relying on the definition of SEA to identify supported housing
  • the DWP is gathering information from local authorities aboutcurrent spend on supported housing (as defined by SEA) through the benefits system with a view to taking this element of housingcost out of the benefits system and devolving a budget to ScotlandA survey was sent to providers of housing support across all sectors in March 2013.

This report is based on 31 responses. Most of the responses were from voluntary sector organisations and housing associations.

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