Thank you for contacting me about supported housing.
Supported housing is a vital service, providing accommodation for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, including those fleeing domestic abuse or facing homelessness. It is important to get the funding for this essential service right, which is why I welcomed the announcement that housing benefit will remain in place to fund supported housing, alongside a more robust oversight regime.
In October 2017, a public consultation was launched, setting out proposals to reform funding for supported housing. This included plans for a ring-fenced, local authority administered grant for short-term provision of supported housing. Having listened to views from providers, stakeholders, and councils during the consultation, the Government has decided housing benefit will remain in place to fund supported housing, including short-term provision.
I strongly believe oversight of quality and value for money must be achieved across the whole supported housing sector. As such, I welcomed the announcement that the Government will work with providers and local authorities over the coming months to put together a robust oversight regime. This new regime will ensure quality of provision and value for money across the sector.
The warm welcome these announcements have received from providers of supported housing has been encouraging. For example, Women's Aid has praised the "decisive action to protect refuges' funding", while St Mungo's has welcomed the announcement as "great news for people who were really worried about the future of supported housing".
I am confident these measures will give the supported housing sector the confidence and certainty it needs to continue to invest in supply.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me..
Updated: October 2018