Supported housing plays a significant role in the health & social care system supporting people to live independent lives, with reduced need for care services and therefore can provide significant cost savings. Given the ageing population and increase in adults with disabilities, an ongoing expansion in supported housing provision is much needed. Any change that threatens existing provision and fails to support the required expansion in the sector is of great concern.
It is suggested that allowing appropriate rent levels for supported housing within the future benefit system would best meet future need, provide the support direct to the individual, give confidence to developers, and minimise bureaucracy and duplication.
If the proposals go ahead then the following principles should be followed:
- Arrangements should follow person centred approaches
- Social services authorities to hold funding and commissioning responsibilities
- Local government and adult social care budgets are not further adversely impacted
- Existing governance, commissioning and quality monitoring mechanisms are utilised
- Local authorities retain maximum flexibility, including to jointly commission and pool budgets
- Provide opportunities and incentive to increase supply
- Ensure people are not adversely affected during any transition period
To help address the challenges that we have raised, we would welcome working with the Government, NHSE, partner organisation etc. to find a workable solution to supported housing. Supported housing helps many of the most vulnerable people in society ranging from older people to people with learning disabilities.
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