Breaking News: Government climb down on funding for specialist supported housing

I have been a critic of Mrs May and her government over a number of policies that are impacting or will impact on specialist supported housing and people who depend on the state for their very survival. The government has taken quite a bashing from all quarters over many of these policies.

At last some good news regarding the Local Housing Allowance Cap that George Osborne had announced would apply to specialist supported housing. I have written more about this (and universal credit) than any other matter this year.  Here are a few examples of what I have written on this subject here, here, here and here.

Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May announced that the government will not apply the Local Housing Allowance cap to specialist supported housing, nor in the wider social housing sector. This is very good news. It is massive government climb down after months of it defending the indefensible. It follows close on the heals of the decision to do away with the call charge of up to 55p per minute to the universal credit helpline.

Capping LHA for specialist supported housing was an ill-thought through policy and it is a shame that it took so long for the government to do the right thing.

I hope that the government will now bow to the even greater pressure regarding Universal Credit which is, by far, the biggest screw up in social policy in my 32 years working in this area.


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