Briefing: Homeless families and the benefit cap

By: Kate Webb  Published: March 2013


Shelter is calling for an exemption from the overall benefit cap for households in TA so that local authorities can continue to meet their duty to homeless households without having to shoulder huge additional costs or send homeless families far away from their local area.

Summary

Temporary accommodation (TA) is housing provided by local authorities under the legal duty they have towards homeless families. TA tends to be more expensive than normal private rented accommodation, which means households will struggle to cover the costs once the benefit cap comes into place, creating considerable difficulty for both local authorities and homeless families.

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