Standardised Assessment of New Supported Accommodation Providers Seeking to Claim Housing Benefit Exempt Rates

Following recent government guidance, East Staffordshire Borough Council will conduct a standardised assessment of new providers and schemes seeking to claim exempt rates of housing benefit for supported accommodation.

The standardised assessment process requires new providers to engage with the Council prior to setting up a scheme, before their tenants/licensees submit a claim for exempt rates of housing benefit.

Cllr Bernard Peters, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing Standards, said: “The changes made to the assessment process will look to provide a much clearer and more consistent service to new providers setting up new schemes, thereby leading to a positive working relationship with providers.”

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