By Michelle Boath, Eleanor Baker and Helen Wilkinson
This research was commissioned to feed into a review of the way Housing Benefit (HB) is worked out for many of those who live in social and voluntary sector supported housing. Benefit expenditure for many local authorities (LAs) has increased substantially over recent years on supported housing exempt from private sector rent restrictions. However, regular data sources did not provide the detail needed to understand the underlying reasons for these changes, and for the variation between LAs. The methodology used to undertake the research comprised:
- a review of HB regulations and guidance relating to ‘exempt accommodation’
- an expert workshop
- fieldwork at 21 LAs
- Interviews with accommodation providers and other stakeholders.