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Responding to today’s ministerial announcement on the future of supported housing, a spokesperson from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said: 

“The exemption from the Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing until 2019 is very welcome, and will provide some temporary relief for those who need this type of housing to lead independent lives, who could have been significantly impacted by the cap.

“It is unclear, however, how the new funding model for supported housing will work in practice, and we’ll be looking to work with government on this to make sure it can be implemented smoothly, without affecting our most vulnerable residents.

“The number of people who need supported housing is growing all the time, so it is vital that the Government ensures that policies up to 2019 and beyond are fully funded, without forcing councils into a position where they have to ration the service because they simply do not have enough money – especially after the significant cuts that they’ve already had to endure.”