Changes to the shared accommodation rate in housing benefit

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Crisis (Organization)
Publisher
Crisis
Date of publication
1 September 2011
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Housing and Homelessness
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Shared Accommodation Rate currently applies to single people aged under 25 on Housing Benefit in the private rented sector. These claimants are restricted to the rate for a single room in a shared house, rather than the rate for a self-contained one bedroom property. From January 2012, the Government intends to extend this lower rate to most claimants under the age of 35. About 62,500 people will initially be affected, with the average loss being £41 per week and some seeing their benefit entitlement literally halved. This policy briefing sets out the impact of the change on homelessness.

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