Government defends sheltered housing plans

8 Apr 99
The government is pressing ahead with funding changes for supported and sheltered housing despite objections from housing associations.

09 April 1999

The National Housing Federation claimed ministers had not addressed its concerns after the Department of Social Security announced on March 31 that money for supported and sheltered housing will be included in a specific grant controlled by local authorities.

About 270,000 elderly and vulnerable people, many with learning difficulties or mental health problems, live in accommodation run by registered social landlords. The NHF estimates they receive support services of £500m a year, including £350m from housing benefit and £140m from social housing management grants, administered by the Housing Corporation.

From 2003, all this money will be directed through one local authority budget. Housing associations claim this means they will have very little say over whether the money reaches tenants with the greatest need.

'These changes potentially put at risk services that enable vulnerable people to live independently and with dignity,' said NHF chief executive Jim Coulter.


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