Westminster Hall debate on future of supported housing
Rethink Mental Illness helps millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives. Today we directly support thousands of people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone.
Supported housing plays a vital part in the recovery of people affected by mental illness, enabling them to live independently. The Government has proposed to cap the amount of housing benefit that can be paid to people living in supported housing. This threatens to take away a lifeline service, deny people affected by mental illness a place to call home, and increase demand on the NHS. A recent joint report by the Work & Pensions and Communities & Local Government Select Committees echoed these concerns.
Rethink Mental Illness is asking MPs to attend the Westminster Hall Debate, and urge the Government to abandon its proposals to cap housing benefit for supported housing at the Local Housing Allowance rate and give clarity to supported housing residents and providers about future funding.