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Welcome pause for breath

PlaceShapers have called the Government announcement that the Housing Allowance (LHA) cap will not apply to supported housing tenancies taken out before April 2017 a ‘welcome pause for breath.”

The year-long exception will allow ministers to analyse the results of a research project into supported housing costs before new tenants are affected.

PlaceShapers chair Sinéad Butters said: " This announcement is a welcome pause for breath and an acknowledge of the need for a specific approach for supported housing.

"However we will continue to lobby hard for supported housing to be fully exempted from the LHA cap. Without this exemption, or a guarantee of an alternative funding stream, many schemes will close with huge personal implications and knock-on costs to the wider public purse.

"This would be a disaster for many of the 440,000 people living in supported housing managed by housing associations. This includes extra care for the frail elderly, dementia care schemes, support schemes for young people leaving care, women fleeing domestic violence, those recovering from alcohol and substance misuse, those with mental health issues and those with physical and/or learning disabilities.”


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