Our new report on supported housing
The government has set out a plan to cap housing benefit at the same rate as the lowest rents in the private rented sector. Our research shows that the government’s proposals bear no resemblance to the actual costs of providing mental health supported housing. Rethink Mental Illness has today published new research showing that government plans to cap housing benefit to people in supported housing risk the recovery of people affected by mental health problems, particularly those with the highest support needs.
Brian Dow, Director of External Affairs at Rethink Mental Illness, said:
Supported housing is key to achieving the very welcome ambitions the government have around parity of esteem. It is a hugely valuable and cost effective option for people with mental illness.
The future of supported housing is in serious doubt because of government plans to radically change how it’s funded. Our new research demonstrates that under existing plans, those with the highest support plans will no longer have the guarantee of their rent being met by housing benefit. This could spell disaster for people with mental illness and the public services that support them.
As a matter of urgency, we are calling on the government to rule out its cap on housing benefit as soon as possible and commit to working with the sector to find an alternative funding system.
Click here to download a copy of our report.