Supported housing is a lifeline for vulnerable older people, for individuals with learning and physical disabilities, for those at risk of domestic abuse, and for many others.

The Government's intention to apply the Local Housing Allowance rates to social rents, including supported housing, with effect from 2018 has met with concern from many in the supported housing sector and other key stakeholders about a potentially detrimental effect on very vulnerable individuals.

In response to those concerns the Prime Minister announced last week that the Government will not apply the Local Housing Allowance rates to tenants in supported housing, nor to the wider social rented sector.

All long term supported housing will be retained in the welfare system.  The rest of long term supported housing, such as housing for people with learning or physical disabilities or mental ill health, will remain in the welfare system as it currently is.  More details here:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statements/?page=2

Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Work and Pensions, part of Housing for older and vulnerable people have launched two consultations seeking views on the government’s proposals for a flexible funding approach for the supported housing sector.  These close on 11:45pm on 23 January 2018.  Details of the consultations are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/funding-for-supported-housing-two-consultations