New funding for supported housing pilots in priority areas has been announced today (20 October 2020) by Kelly Tolhurst, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, as part of measures to improve standards and quality in supported housing.
The government has published a new National Statement of Expectations (NSE), setting out what it expects to see in standards, quality and value for money in supported housing and how this can be achieved by bringing together best practice across the sector.
The government has also announced £3 million to fund pilots in 5 areas – Birmingham, Hull, Blackpool, Bristol and Blackburn – to improve quality, enforcement, oversight and value for money in supported housing, focusing on short-term supported accommodation. The pilots will run until the end of March 2021.
The supported housing pilots will involve collaborative working between local partners and will carefully test different approaches to greater oversight of the sector and how higher standards could be enforced. The pilots are intended to improve quality of non-commissioned provision in priority areas.
Kelly Tolhurst, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing said:
Lords Minister for the Department for Work and Pensions, Baroness Stedman-Scott said:
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said:
In supported housing, accommodation is provided alongside care, support or supervision to help people live as independently as possible in the community.
Supported housing provides homes for some of the most vulnerable people in the country. The vast majority is for older residents, but it also serves people from other vulnerable groups, such as those with disabilities, and those at risk of or with experience of homelessness.
During the pandemic, the government has worked closely with councils and the sector to offer vulnerable people safe accommodation and support.
That work is ongoing and in September the government had successfully supported over 29,000 people, with 10,000 in emergency accommodation and nearly 19,000 provided with settled accommodation or other support such as supported housing.