Supported housing gets funding boost

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has announced a new approach to encourage the supply of a wide range of supported housing.

As part of the government plans, a proposed ‘sheltered rent’ for sheltered and extra care housing will keep rent and service charge at an appropriate level, protecting the housing needs of older and vulnerable people.

Supported housing provides a home to some of the most vulnerable people in this country and the vast majority is provided for older people. Reforms will ensure funding certainty for the sector, and encourage long-term investment and new supply.

Local areas will be taking a bigger role in providing short-term and emergency housing through a ring-fenced grant to local authorities by April 2020. The grant will be underpinned by a National Statement of Expectation setting out how local authorities should plan effectively for provision in their area.

Jones said: “This government is committed to boosting the supply of new homes, and helping people to live independently and with dignity for as long as possible. This is why we are giving the supported housing sector the certainty of funding they need to get building new homes. These reforms will deliver quality and value for money, funding certainty for the sector and give local areas a greater role in commissioning services.”

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