Victory for the supported housing sector as Government agrees to #droptheLHA

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 1:14pm

Today at PMQs, Theresa May announced that the LHA cap will not apply to supported housing from April 2019. 

Supported housing worker with resident

This is fantastic news for the sector and its residents and is a result of sustained campaigning from Homeless Link and our members over the past number of years, calling on Government to #droptheLHA.

Opposition to the use of the LHA, as a basis for a new funding system, has been almost universal since it was first announced. The lack of relationship between the LHA rate and the costs of supported housing, compounded by the regional disparities in rates, mean that it was never appropriate for our sector. At this stage, there are no further details available on what alternatives to the LHA rate the Government might be considering, however, the Prime Minister indicated that full details will be published next Tuesday (31st October). We will be keeping members updated as soon as we know more and we look forward to hearing your views on the plans when they are published.

This victory on the LHA cap is significant, but we know there are still a number of challenges related to any new model, such as the incompatibility of Universal Credit and short-term accommodation. We will continue to work with our members to advocate for a model that ensures that supported housing services are available to all those who need them.

Homeless Link's Chief Executive, Rick Henderson, commented:

“The Prime Minister’s announcement marks a significant victory for the supported housing sector and the thousands of vulnerable individuals it supports. Homeless Link, working with our members, has campaigned tirelessly for the Government to drop their highly controversial plans to apply the LHA rate to supported housing, and are pleased that our concerns have been listened to. 

"We must be certain that the revised plans work for the full range of vital supported housing services, and look forward to continued collaboration with our members and with Government to ensure we secure a sustainable future for the supported housing sector.”

Once the next round of consultation is published next week, Homeless Link will be working closely with members to inform our response and supporting you to get involved. Keep an eye on the website for webinars, briefing materials and other resources and if you have any questions, you can also get in touch with me at paula.reid@homelesslink.org.uk

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Paula Reid

Paula Reid

Policy manager

Paula is policy manager at Homeless Link and leads on the Supported Housing Alliance.