Jules, many of the blogs you refer to focus , as per usual, on London and the capital.
My oft-stated issue on supporting housing is a NATIONAL impact issue of the OBC that affects everyone entering a homeless families unit (HFU) or a refuge.
The absence of this issue in any impact assessment, previously hidden or not, still needs to be addressed and clearly hasnt been thought of by this government.
IF as NHF and CIH state a family with 3 children get £317pw in benefits and reliefs then under OBC rules the maximum amount this leaves for rent through HB is £183pw.
In ALL parts of the country this amount probably wont cover the rent in a refuge or HFU as rents there are necessarily higher due to them being furnishedd and having staff attendance - both of which are correctly claimed through HB.
Emergency provision be it a refuge or a HFU - and the latter is often fire or flood or other unforeseen circumstance and not uncommon as reports on IH this past week confirm to be the case - will see victims being penalised.
While I fully agree this government has been underhand so far in this element of the HB changes, the priority for me is to see emergency supported housing provision such as refuges and HFUs (and single homeless provision) exempted from the OBC.
In my view there is no doubt this government will simply drop the OBC and so when it goes ahead these vulnerable victims must be exempted from these caps. Why this government has sought to exempt those on disability benefits and war widows but not those fleeing violence and abuse or fire or flood is a huge oversight and somethign that needs correcting.
Perhaps the guest columnist Mr Shapps could comment on this?