Today, the Government made three announcements about supported housing.
Firstly, they said that all forms of short-term supported housing will be funded by housing benefit and kept outside of the Universal Credit system. They also announced that they will work with various stakeholders to develop a robust oversight regime which will ensure quality and value for money across the supported housing sector. Finally, they will be holding a review of housing related support more widely.
The decision about the funding model has been widely welcomed and follows our extensive work over the last two and a half years to try to influence the Government.
Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP, said:
“Protection of the most vulnerable has always been our primary concern, and following our consultation, the case for keeping supported housing in the welfare system became clear."
Our Group Chief Executive, Richard Hill said:
“We are delighted that the Government has announced that supported housing funding will remain in housing benefit. As one of the largest providers of supported housing in London and the South East, this announcement gives us certainty to continue to build and provide specialist housing for some of the most vulnerable people in society.
We are looking forward to working with Government in the coming months to develop policies that ensure the sector is delivering value for money and high-quality services for our residents.”
Published on 9 August 2018