exempt accommodation

In 2014 most supported housing has come under a new category of 'specified accommodation'. This exempts a claimant from the household benefit cap, and from being asked to start claiming Universal Credit but it does not bring all the other benefits of 'exempt accommodation' status.

You can find more information here about specified accommodation

The 'exempt accommodation' rule was created in 1995 to ensure Housing Benefit claimants in supported housing could continue to get their full eligible rent met by Housing Benefit in spite of restrictions on the amount of help available to claimants in general needs housing.

The rule has never been changed but the way supported housing is commissioned has changed completely and judges have made lots of decisions about the way the rule should work.

'Exempt accommodation' status exempts a claimant from the social housing size criteria ('bedroom tax') and the household benefit cap, and from being asked to start claiming Universal Credit.

You can find more information about exempt accommodation by clicking on the links below:

In 2014 most supported housing has come under a new category of 'specified accommodation'. This exempts a claimant from the household benefit cap, and from being asked to start claiming Universal Credit but it does not bring all the other benefits of 'exempt accommodation' status.

You can find more information here about specified accommodation.