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- contentWhy is exempt accommodation exempt from benefit limits?
- contentWhere does the law define “exempt accommodation”?
- contentWhat is the social sector LHA?
- contentWhat is the history of exempt accommodation?
- contentWhat is Supported Exempt Accommodation?
- contentWhat is disguised profit?
- contentWhat is an asset lock?
- contentWhat is a non-metropolitan county council in England?
- contentWhat is a housing association?
- contentWhat is a DWP resettlement grant?
- contentWhat are the benefit limits from which exempt accommodation is exempt?
- contentWhat are the advantages of exempt accommodation?
- contentTell me more about registered housing associations and exempt accommodation
- contentTell me more about registered societies
- contentWhat is exempt accommodation?
- contentHow is housing benefit calculated when a person living in exempt accommodation is employed?
- contentHow is Housing Benefit calculated for exempt accommodation?
- contentHow is accommodation “provided by” a social or voluntary sector landlord?
- contentHow does the taper work for employed claimants living in exempt accommodation? (Figures)
- contentWhat is the law on exempt accommodation subsidy?
- contentSubsidy calculation when the landlord is a registered housing association
- contentHow do the housing benefit subsidy arrangements work in exempt accommodation
- contentWhat does “not trading for profit” mean?
- contentSubsidy calculation when the landlord is a charity, voluntary organisation or English non-metropolitan county council
- contentWhich landlords count as being in the social or voluntary sector?
- contentWhat is a registered charity?
- contentCan a not-for-profit body buy goods and services from its own members and directors?
- contentWhere does the law define exempt work?
- contentExamples of subsidy for exempt accommodation
What is a voluntary organisation?
Regulation 2 of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 defines a voluntary organisation as “a body, other than a public or local authority, the activities of which are carried on otherwise than for profit”.
The term “body” is wide enough to cover different kinds of organisation: a company, a society, a partnership or an unincorporated association.
In 2008 a group of friends from the Somali community in a large English city wanted to help newly recognised refugees to integrate into British life: they felt that their knowledge of the issues affecting refugees in general and Somali men in particular would enable them to provide expert support together with accommodation. They decided to found an organisation devoted to that purpose. The founders leased a few houses through a letting agent and drew up a list of aims and principles. They chose a name for their venture but at this stage they did not form a company and they did not register with the Charity Commission. The leases of the properties were granted by the owners to the founders personally. The founders in turn granted their clients licences to occupy rooms in the houses and charged them enough to cover their outgoings. They provided support in their spare time and did not take any personal salary.
The only way they could satisfy the landlord requirements for “exempt accommodation” was as a “voluntary organisation”:
- They were clearly not a non-metropolitan county council
- Nor did they have a registered charity
- There was no company or society; nor was there any trust deed or trust property, therefore they did not satisfy the definition of “housing association” (a “company, society or body of trustees…”)
But as a group of people operating under an agreed set of principles they were arguably sufficiently constituted to be regarded as a “body” and, therefore, as a “voluntary organisation”.