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Consultation on funding reform for supported housing 24/11/2016 Labelled as Consultation

The government has issued consultation on the detail of a new funding model for supported accommodation.

 

ARCH members were previously advised of the announcement by government in September 2016 to ensure a sustainable future for the sector, along with a commitment to consult on the details.

 

From 2019/20 a new funding model for supported housing will be introduced, which the government say will ensure that the sector continues to be funded at current levels, taking in to account the effect of the government policy on social sector rents.

 

Supported housing, which supports some of the most vulnerable people from across the country, will continue to be exempt from the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap until 2019. From then the new funding model will protect the sector from the cap with a top-up of additional ring-fenced funding.

 

This will mean Housing Benefit and the housing element of Universal Credit will focus on paying for core housing costs, whilst the new ring-fenced pot of money will give local authorities greater flexibility to commission services in line with local needs.

 

The application of the LHA policy for general needs accommodation will also now be aligned with the timing of these plans, so will now be introduced in 2019 instead of 2018.

 

The consultation period runs for 12 weeks, and will also seek views on how best to fund the provision of short-term housing, such as hostels, refuges and emergency accommodation.

 

The deadline for responses is 13 February 2017. ARCH will be responding to the consultation paper and we would welcome members' views and comments to inform our response. Please feed in your comments to Matthew.Warburton@arch-housing by 31 January 2016.

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