Non-Commissioned Exempt Accommodation — 23 Feb 2022 at 18:46

The majority of MPs voted in favour of emergency action to improve the quality of accommodation with associated care, support or supervision provided by councils, housing associations, charities, or voluntary organisations; the action being intended to get better value for benefit payments made in respect of such accommodation which are not subject to the usual caps, and to drive unscrupulous operators out of the sector.

The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That this House
  • notes the significant increase in the numbers of people housed in non-commissioned exempt accommodation under successive Conservative Governments;
  • regrets the opportunities that this increase has provided for unscrupulous operators to exploit vulnerable individuals for financial gain at the taxpayers’ expense;
  • recognises that a range of factors have driven the marked growth of this sector including a chronic shortage of genuinely affordable housing, reductions in funding for housing-related support, new barriers to access for single adults requiring social rented housing or mainstream privately rented housing, and a weakening of regulation and oversight;
  • further regrets the detrimental impact that the growth of poor quality non-commissioned exempt accommodation is having on the health and well-being of those vulnerable individuals placed in it and on the public purse; and
  • calls on the Government to introduce a package of emergency measures designed to secure immediate improvements in the quality of non-commissioned exempt accommodation and associated support, to ensure claims for exempt Housing Benefit consistently provide value for money and to drive unscrupulous operators out of the sector.

The term "exempt accommodation" appears to refer to a class of accommodation exempt from Housing Benefit payments as defined in Paragraph 4 of Schedule 3 to the The Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2006 which states:[1]

  • exempt accommodation” means accommodation which is—
  • (a) a resettlement place provided by persons to whom the Secretary of State has given assistance by way of grant pursuant to section 30 of the Jobseekers Act 1995 (grants for resettlement places); and for this purpose “resettlement place” shall have the same meaning as it has in that section;
  • or
  • (b) provided by a non-metropolitan county council in England within the meaning of section 1 of the Local Government Act 1972, a housing association, a registered charity or voluntary organisation where that body or a person acting on its behalf also provides the claimant with care, support or supervision;

Paragraph 5 of Regulation 13 of The Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, which sets the maximum rents to be paid via Housing Benefit, excludes exempt accommodation from the the rent caps.

Non-commissioned appears to mean "not commissioned by the local authority".[2]


Debate in Parliament |

Public Whip is run as a free not-for-profit service. If you'd like to support us, please consider switching your (UK) electricity and/or gas to Octopus Energy or tip us via Ko-Fi.

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con0 000.0%
DUP2 0025.0%
Independent1 0020.0%
Lab126 (+2 tell) 0 (+2 tell)065.3%
LDem10 0076.9%
PC3 00100.0%
Total:142 0024.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Gerald JonesMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLab (minister)tellno
Mark TamiAlyn and DeesideLab (minister)tellno

About the Project

The Public Whip is a not-for-profit, open source website created in 2003 by Francis Irving and Julian Todd and now run by Bairwell Ltd.

The Whip on the Web

Help keep PublicWhip alive