Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Disability Charities Urge 'End To Funding Uncertainty' For Supported Housing

The 15 charities wrote to the Government, calling on it to set out what would happen to housing benefit rates for the supported housing sector from 2018 onwards. Earlier this year, the Government announced a one-year exemption for the supported housing sector from a planned 1% reduction in rent. It also delayed for 12 months the introduction of the local housing allowance (LHA) cap - which affects residents living in supported housing. The Government has commissioned a review into the impact of its proposals but the charities warned that 40% of existing supported accommodation would be at risk of closure if the allowance cap went ahead. Fears have been expressed that the changes would reduce the amount of money supported housing providers receive in rent and could make it more difficult for them to deliver specialist services. Read more on the Express & Star website.

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