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Supported housing decision

PlaceShapers Vice Chair Charlie Norman, CEO of Mosscare St Vincent's Housing Group said:

"We’re delighted the Government has listened to feedback and that plans to reform the funding of supported housing have been dropped.

"This follows a lengthy and wide ranging engagement with the sector which showed the devastating effect this would have had on the most vulnerable and elderly in our society. We gave actual examples of this when we gave evidence to the Government Select Committee.

"Our members can now progress plans to provide and build much needed supported homes, help end homelessness and support our partners in health and social care with more certainty about longer term funding within the benefits system, and we have already pledged to work with ministers and advisors on quality and effectiveness.

"This has been a long journey, which began with extensive and successful lobbying against the imposition of the LHA rates to supported and retirement living, and in the last year, constructively feeding back to Government on plans to devolve funding locally and cap sheltered housing rents, which in our view would pose a significant threat to the homes and services to those most in need of support to love safely and independently in challenging life circumstances.

“Our members feel strongly about safeguarding vital homes and services such as retirement living, women’s refugees, independent living for people with disabilities and shelter for those in crisis.  We were concerned that the removal of local ringfencing and threats to income could mean scheme closures and high cost to the public purse including health and social care, but most importantly a devastating impact on the people we serve with these vital homes and services. We provided Government with numerous case studies, illustrating the human impact of the proposals, as well as giving evidence at a joint Select Committee and detailed responses to the consultations.

“We have worked collaboratively with ministers, local MPs and sector partners such as the NHF, Shelter and Crisis. There is more to do and we are not complacent, but for today, this is great news for our residents, service users and their families. It is great to see that Government has listened to and positively responded to the feedback on proposals.”

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