News update - from Paula Kennedy, CEO, Brunelcare:
In a written statement to Parliament this March, the Government confirmed that people living in sheltered housing will be exempted from the LHA cap for a year in order to allow the Government to carry out a proper strategic review of how supported housing is funded.
The date to which new tenants and renewed tenancies will be in scope of the cap has been moved from April 2016 to April 2017. The cap will still apply from April 2018, but the review will give Government an opportunity to have a new funding mechanism in place before then.
It is obviously good news that the Government is listening to our concerns and has delayed the application of the LHA cap to people in sheltered housing. The best way to end the uncertainty is to remove that threat. We must make sure that a crude LHA cap does not play a part in the outcome of the review, and that the review delivers long-term stability and security for the sector.
The National Housing Federation is developing ways in which it can support the review and as housing providers we need to continue to make the case for sheltered housing.
On 22nd April I am meeting with Thangam Debbonaire (Labour MP for Bristol West) and Charlotte Leslie (Conservative MP for Bristol North West) to discuss the current challenges faced by Bristol’s Housing Associations, when I shall be lobbying them for their support on this key issue.