Exempt Accommodation in Housing Benefit

This course is designed to explain the legislation and principles used by Local Authorities in deciding which accommodation is classed as Exempt or Specified Accommodation and how the eligible rent is decided in “enhanced HB” cases.

Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Course contains

  • The definitions of Exempt and Specified Accommodation
  • The criteria to receive Housing Benefit and when Universal Credit is to be claimed
  • The 'provider requirement'
  • The 'care, support and supervision' requirement
  • When rents are determined as 'unreasonably high'
  • The 'suitable alternative accommodation' test
  • Rent restrictions
  • Eligibility and calculation of service charges
  • The financial impact on the Local Authority
  • Challenges and Appeals.

Learning outcomes

After attending, staff will be able to:

  • Understand why a tenancy is classed as Exempt Accommodation or otherwise
  • Understand the basis of the Housing Benefit assessment
  • Understand which service charges are awarded, and how the amounts have been determined
  • Have the knowledge to contest a Local Authority Housing Benefit decision.

Suitable for

Housing, finance and support officers at Housing Associations, Charities and Not–for–Profit Organisations that provide supported accommodation. Welfare Rights Officers that deal with tenants in supported accommodation, and specialist Decision Makers and Managers in Local Authority Housing Benefit Departments.

Meet the trainer

Richard Stanier has over 30 years’ experience in housing benefits, having started his career in local government in 1984. Having attained the Full Professional Qualification of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation, Richard has practiced as a consultant and trainer since 2003. Whilst specialising in complex housing benefit and Universal Credit legislation in areas such as ‘persons from abroad’ and ‘exempt and supported accommodation’, Richard also has extensive experience in delivering introductory courses on housing benefit, the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, Universal Credit and welfare benefits generally. As a consultant Richard has undertaken work involving Customer Service Excellence, performance management, business process re-engineering, management development, appeals, over-payments and stakeholder engagement.

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