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Supported housing under threat

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In the Spending Review last autumn the Government announced some changes to Housing Benefit that haven’t had much attention, but could cause some serious problems for vulnerable people.

Housing benefit for social tenants will be capped in line with Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates – the amount of benefit claimants are entitled to in the private rented sector.

However the Government have completely neglected supported housing schemes. This housing aimed at vulnerable, homeless, disabled and older people is specially catered for their needs and often comes with additional services. These people need extra care and support and their housing provides this, but obviously this comes at an extra expense.

If Housing Benefit can no longer be used to cover the extra cost of supported housing we may see people forced out of their homes and into cheaper accommodation that does not have the extra support that helps them to get through the day. Otherwise these vulnerable people will see their own limited incomes hit very hard and their livening standards harmed, or they will become dependent on friends and relatives to help them meet the costs.

Examples of the kinds of housing that could be affected include:

·sheltered accommodation for the elderly;

·homelessness hostels;

·specialist accommodation for former members of the armed forces; and

·refuges for victims of domestic violence.

Labour forced a debate in Parliament on this issue in Parliament yesterday afternoon and the Government announced that this change will be delayed until April 2017 while the supported housing sector is consulted.

I am very concerned about what the plans will mean for vulnerable people here in Bolton and across the country unless the Government makes some serious changes. I will be meeting with St Vincent’s Housing Association and Great Places Housing Group over the next few weeks to discuss the impact that this will have on the sector at a time when demand for supported housing is increasing.

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commented 2016-01-28 10:14:54 +0000
dispicable. It is always the same with a Conservative Government (torries) all out for themselves and the poorer end seem not to matter to them, its like let us get richer and let the poorer struggle.

Please do not take this to heart David it is this Government and the big companies and what people read into it as this government (getting Back handers)

like the rail from Bolton to Manchester (You Do Your Complete best and I thank you and am proud of you) Travel and delays and dirty coaches are still happening, the rolling stock is out of Date I have travelled by Arriva trains, Transpenine, Virgin, East Midlands trains, Cross Country Trains. All were clean except Northern rail. The others were clean on the outside and clean on the inside. Travelling by Northern rail is like going bak in time. The staff and Other people do not seem to be bothered at all.

Also the electrification between Bolton and Manchester seems as though it is never going to happen, where as if it was anything to do with a station in London that would get priority.

It just seems like we up north northwest are at the bottom of the ladder and I deffinately think there is a North South Devide and think that David Cameron who Claims to be Prime Minister needs to look at things in an equal proportion, if you need any information you have my email address, twitter address and postal address.

Thanks for what you do David
@DavidCrausby tweeted this page. 2016-01-28 08:00:05 +0000
Tory changes to Housing Benefit could be a real threat to the future of supported housing schemes - http://www.davidcrausby.co.uk/supported_housing_under_threat?recruiter_id=5

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