Exempt accommodation

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Victoria McDermott

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am interested in understanding more about how your local authority manages its provision of “Exempt Accommodation”.

Exempt Accommodation in these questions is defined in legislation, namely accommodation which provides Housing Benefit claimants with exemption from the main HB rent restriction schemes that have been introduced from January 1996 ie:
• the local reference rent rules; and
• the local housing allowance rules.

1) Please complete the following questions below about the cost of exempt provision in your local authority in 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.

A) How much did you spend on the provision of “exempt accommodation”?
B) How many HB claims did you receive under the exempt rules?

2) Please complete the following questions below about the providers of exempt accommodation in your local authority for each of the following years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.

a) Total number of providers who received exempt HB funding
Of which were:
• Registered Providers (registered with the Regulator of Social Housing).
• Registered Charities (Organisations registered with Charity Commission but not with Regulator for Social Housing)
• Community Interest Companies (registered as a CIC on the Companies House register, but not registered with the Regulator of Social Housing or the Charity Commission).
• Local Authority (including those where the Authority is also registered with the Regulator of Social Housing).
• Other

a) Total number of units provided that received exempt HB funding for each of the following years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21, of which were provided by:
• Registered Providers (registered with the Regulator of Social Housing).
• Registered Charities (Organisations registered with Charity Commission but not with Regulator for Social Housing)
• Community Interest Companies (registered as a CIC on the Companies House register, but not registered with the Regulator of Social Housing or the Charity Commission).
• Local Authority (including those where the Authority is also registered with the Regulator of Social Housing).
• Other

3) Please can you provide links to or copies of any policy/procedure or guide for the following:
• Strategic document setting out the Authority’s position on exempt HB housing
• Registration of provider/property for exempt HB claims
• Periodic revalidation of provider/property for exempt HB claims
• initial assessment of claims made by claimants for HB under the exempt rules.
• Validation of exempt HB claims in payment
• Ending an exempt HB claims by the Authority due to a concern.

If you have exempt HB accommodation but are unable to provide specific formal documentation please could you set out briefly how you administer each of these scenarios.

4) Please provide information as to the cost to the Authority for each of the following years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.
o Overall spend on Administration of Exempt HB
o Of which was administering exempt HB Claims
o Of which was administering provider or property
o Of which was enforcement activity associated with exempt HB

5) Thinking about complaints or action taken on complaints:
• How many complaints did you receive regarding properties registered for exempt provision in each of the following years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21?
• How many properties have you removed from your register in each of the following years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21?

6) What was the housing solution for Homeless people who presented to the Authority (or its referral agencies) in each of the following years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21?
• Number housed in exempt accommodation
• Number housed in Temporary Social Housing
• Number Housed in specialist commissioned services
• Number housed in social housing
• Number housed in PRS
• Number housed in other

7) What is the primary need for Homeless People housed in exempt Accommodation in each of the following years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21?
• Ex-offender
• Substance misuse
• Care Leaver
• Young Person
• Mental Health
• Domestic Violence
• Refugee Status

Yours faithfully,

Victoria McDermott

North Somerset Council

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Dear Victoria Mcdermott
 
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Sinead Johnson
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North Somerset Council
Tel: 01934 634609
Email: [email address]
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Dear Victoria Mcdermott
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 21 June 2021.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Many thanks
 
Sinead Johnson
Information Governance Officer
North Somerset Council
Tel: 01934 634609
Email: [email address]
Web: [1]www.n-somerset.gov.uk
 
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Victoria McDermott

Dear North Somerset Council,

Thank you for taking the time to provide the response-it is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Victoria McDermott