London Councils has welcomed today’s confirmation from the government that all supported housing will continue to be funded through housing benefit.
Responding to the results of its consultation on the future funding of supported housing, the government announced it will not proceed with plans to change the funding model.
The government had originally proposed funding short-term supported accommodation through a grant to local authorities and applying a ‘sheltered rent’ to sheltered and extra-care housing. London boroughs expressed serious concerns about the potentially disruptive impact on the sector, including refuges for women escaping domestic violence and other supported housing schemes.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive member for housing and planning, said:
“The government has made the right decision. After a period of considerable uncertainty, we are pleased our concerns have been listened to and that supported housing will remain funded through housing benefit.
“There is a severe shortage of supported housing available in the capital for vulnerable Londoners. Short-term supported housing is particularly important for accommodating those who may have recently experienced homelessness or domestic abuse.
“We hope the government’s announcement will bring much-needed certainty back to the supported housing sector and encourage an increase in provision.”