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Call for Evidence

Terms of Reference

The Committee welcomes evidence submissions on the terms of reference outlined below. The closing date for submissions is 28 January 2022.

In particular, the inquiry seeks information on the following points:

  • What is the quality of exempt housing provision?
  • Is the current model of exempt accommodation financially viable, and does it represent value for money?
  • Are there significant geographical and regional differences in the provision and the problems of exempt accommodation?
  • What is the proportion of exempt accommodation that is provided by registered compared to non-registered providers, and is an appropriate balance being struck?
  • What is the proportion of exempt accommodation provided by commissioned compared to non-commissioned providers, and is an appropriate balance being struck?
  • How does whether a provider is registered or non-registered, or commissioned or non-commissioned, impact the quality of provision?
  • How should exempt accommodation be provided and what should the service cost?
  • How should the regulatory oversight of exempt accommodation be organised?
  • What should be the regulations governing exempt accommodation and how should those regulations be enforced?
  • Is there sufficient publicly available information about exempt accommodation?


We want our inquiries to be informed by a diverse range of voices. Our committee team are happy to help if you require a reasonable adjustment, such as an extension to the deadline, or submitting evidence in an alternative format: please get in touch at or 020 7219 5364.

Please note: The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee examines policy issues relating to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and its associated bodiesIn line with the general practice of select committees the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is not able to take up individual cases. If you would like political support or advice you may wish to contact your local Member of Parliament.

Written evidence must address the terms of reference as set out above, but please note that submissions do not have to address every point. Guidance on giving evidence to a select committee of the House of Commons is available here.

The Committee will decide whether to accept each submission. If your submission is accepted by the Committee, it will usually be published online. It will then be available permanently for anyone to view. It can’t be changed or removed. If you have included your name or any personal information in your submission, that will normally be published too. Please consider how much personal information you want or need to share. If you include personal information about other people in your submission, the Committee may decide not to publish it. Your contact details will never be published.

Decisions about publishing evidence anonymously, or about accepting but not publishing evidence, are made by the Committee. If you would like to ask the Committee to accept your submission anonymously (meaning it will be published but without your name), or confidentially (meaning it won't be published at all), please indicate this when submitting evidence, and tell us why. This lets the Committee know what you would like but the final decision will be taken by the Committee.

The Committee has discretion over which submissions it accepts as evidence, and which of those it then publishes on its website. We may anonymise or redact some of your submission if it is published. The Committee may decide to accept evidence on a confidential basis. Confidential submissions remain available to the Committee but are not published or referred to in public. All written evidence will be considered by the Committee, whether or not it is published

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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