Reply To: Former hostel dweller in shared accommodation

Peter Barker

If you look at Reg 13D(2)(a), it provides for the shared accommodation rate to apply for two reasons:

(i) where the claimant is a young individual without an SDP; or
(ii) where the claimant would have been in line for the 1B rate under the usual size criteria in subpara (2)(b) and para (3), but does not have exclusive use of sufficient rooms and facilities, and has no SDP and is not a care leaver

Former hostel occupiers are excluded from the definition of young individual so they are not caught by (i). But they can still be caught by (ii). So the answer to Trev’s question is Yes.