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"The Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate is an inappropriate starting point for a new funding mechanism for supported housing. The LHA rate is a measure for general needs housing in the private rented sector and bears no necessary relationship to the cost of providing supported housing.”

DWP and DCLG Select Committees, Report on the future of supported housing, 1st May 2017

"We will have to build an alliance across the housing industry. We will have to get local authorities, planners, housing associations, large, small and medium developers, and institutions investing in housing working with us. We have to build a really large coalition to get this job done. "

Gavin Barwell, Oral evidence to the Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into capacity in the home building industry, 27th February 2017

"To meet demand, we have to deliver between 225,000 and 275,000 homes every year. In short, we have to build more of the right houses in the right places. And we have to start right now. Today’s white paper sets out how we will go about doing so.”

Sajid Javid Speaking the House of Commons, 7th February 2017


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Pressure mounts for supported housing funding changes

LHA basis "inappropriate" say Select Committees

A joint report from the DCLG and DWP Select Committees, published on 1st May, came down in favour of a Supported Housing Allowance (SHA) to form the basis of the new funding system for supported housing, rather than the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) as the government had proposed. It was suggested that the SHA should have banding for different types of supported housing and some variation to reflect different land values, although this would be much less than the variation in the LHA, which is based on market rents in the area.

For more information, see the latest edition of the HRS Review.

2017 Members Conference

Our twelfth Members' Conference took place on 2nd March 2017 at the Institute of Directors in London. Slides and summaries of the presentations from the Conference are available in the members' area.

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