Housing Benefit Reform for Supported Housing: take action

This Sunday 9 October the Government’s consultation to Reform Housing Benefit for Supported Housing is closing. Homeless Link is appealing to the sector to call on the Government to protect services from further funding reductions at such a critical time, and we have developed a response template to support you. 

About the consultation

The Department for Work and Pensions is consulting on how costs for supported housing are calculated. Currently many services in the sector fall under the Exempt Accommodation Rule (such as hostels), which links the additional amount of Housing Benefit to the actual cost of providing, maintaining and managing a home for a vulnerable person. The consultation proposes to end this rule, among other changes. 
We believe these changes risk creating a vacuum where there is no explicit responsibility for the housing of vulnerable people and a gap between what the DWP contributes and the real costs of these types of housing.  

Responding to the consultation 

Over the past few months we have been working with members to hear how the different proposals would impact on your services. This evidence has been critical in meetings with officials to highlight the impact this could have on services. But we know there is still more that can be done.
You have until Sunday to submit your views. We have produced a response template  containing statements you can copy or use in your response, and suggestions for other evidence you can include.
Homeless Link can also provide information on provision and rough sleeper figures in your area if this will help support your argument, just contact Kathleen.caper@homelesslink.org.uk or call 020 78490 4481.

Send your responses

Housing Benefit Team (Supported housing consultation)
Department for Work and Pensions
1st Floor, Caxton House
Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NA

Or by email to: hb.supportedhousing@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

More information on the consultation can be found on the DWP’s website