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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Supported housing announcement is 'disappointing and will have huge implications' says CIH

22/09/2016


CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "The latest announcement from government that the LHA cap will apply to all tenants in supported housing, not only those with new tenancies from April 2017, is disappointing.

"It will have huge implications for existing and new supported housing schemes. For that reason, CIH is calling on government to reconsider this retrospective application, and bring it into line with the application to new tenants in the wider social sector.

"If it is applied to all tenants, it will increase levels of uncertainty over existing schemes. The system of top up funding through a local pot means that providers are already considering whether they will develop new schemes; this measure will increase the risks to the viability of some existing schemes and in the long term, potentially reduce the overall provision of supported housing. That will mean vulnerable people will struggle to get the homes and help they need.

"Long term supported housing is part of the answer to the government’s strategy on Transforming Care. CIH has called for more housing, including more sheltered and extra care schemes, to increase the options for older people to move into housing better suited to their needs. But this measure will make delivering these options far harder, and will leave people in unsuitable accommodation for longer.

"CIH believes that this will make it more difficult for providers to play their full role in tackling the crisis in our health and care services, if they are unable to guarantee long term funding for great preventative supported housing schemes."

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