Local authorities have the ultimate responsibility to support, safeguard, care for and house vulnerable members of their community.
Councils have the ultimate responsibility to support, safeguard, care for and house vulnerable members of their community. The provision of supported housing is vital to ensuring vulnerable people live in suitable homes that meet their personal and all-round housing, health and care needs.
We are pleased that the Government has listened to the concerns raised by the LGA regarding the long-term sustainability of supported housing by committing to provide top-up funding above the level of the Local Housing Allowance cap to local authorities to meet the costs of supported housing in their areas. We are calling on the Government to ensure that this covers the full cost of supported housing in each locality and that councils are not left with a shortfall.
We have yet to see detailed proposals from the Government regarding the volume of top-up funding going to local authorities and how this will be allocated. Adequate funding and distribution is vital to the future availability and sustainability of supported housing for some of our most vulnerable residents. The LGA will respond to the supported housing consultation published on 22 November 2016.