Speak Out

Man talking to a rough sleeper on a benchUpdate: Welfare and Work Bill

The change in direction that the Government is taking on supported housing will put accommodation for offenders at risk, including for some of our clients.

 

Supported housing providers will face a 1% rent cut from April 2017 for three years. The true cost will be much greater than this and will put supported housing providers at risk, stripping homes out of the sector.

The proposals that we are most concerned about under the Welfare Reform and Work Bill are as follows:

  • Supported housing providers will face a 1% rent cut from April 2017 for three years. The true cost will be much greater than this and will put supported housing providers at risk, stripping homes out of the sector
  • Supported housing providers (apart from refuges and direct access homeless hostels) will be subject to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates from April 2019. Langley is currently exempt from these which means that we can fund the staffing in our projects which makes them successful. At LHA rates, many of our projects, and 41% of supported housing as a whole, will become unviable
  • The money to be devolved to local authorities to ‘top up’ the LHA rates for supported housing providers isn’t ringfenced for offender accommodation. This could easily result in cash-strapped local authorities prioritising other areas – which is understandable – but would result in accommodation for offenders disappearing. If this happens, antisocial behaviour, crime and victims could increase, putting increased pressure on the police, hospitals and communities which have to cope with unmanaged offenders in their areas

We want to see:

  • The 1% rent reduction overturned
  • Offender accommodation having the same protection as refuges and direct access hostels for the homeless (which will be exempt from the changes to the LHA rates)

Can you help?

We would greatly appreciate you raising your voice to highlight these issues. Take action today:

  • Book an appointment with your MP
  • Spread the word to your network

Thank you. We appreciate every effort to raise awareness of this issue.