How the LHA cap will affect thousands
Thousands of people live in supported housing and new government policy plans to increase the living costs for these vulnerable people. If the plans go through, these people will be forced to find an extra £148* per month to get the help and support they need.
Did you know that there are plans to cap the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to vulnerable social housing tenants living in supported housing?
What does that mean? Well, for thousands of the most vulnerable people in our society it could mean the difference between having a roof over their head or being out on the street.
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These people include young families, older couples, people living with a disability or mental health condition and those who have previously experienced homelessness. Whatever their circumstances, all of these people need some help to give them a chance of making something of their lives or simply to live independently in a stable and secure environment.
These changes would only affect new tenants moving into supported housing but, with the quicker turnover in supported housing, we would quickly see the LHA cap applied to all of these homes, making many existing schemes unviable in the future. This would remove appropriate support options for homeless people, young people, young families, people with mental health issues or with learning disabilities amongst others.
The proposed cap could affect all of these people and more but don’t just take my word for it. Bromford have schemes offering supported housing to many people and here are a few real-life examples of how the LHA cap could affect the people living there. Take a look and ask yourself if the proposals are fair.
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These changes could have a devastating effect on thousands of vulnerable people and could also lead to increased demand on statutory services from health and social care through to homelessness services. For our older customers, people with learning disabilities or long term mental health needs the alternative may be a considerably more expensive residential or care home.
If, like us, you think that these proposals are unfair and unacceptable please contact your local MP and let them know how you feel.
(*£148 is the average that people will have to pay. This figure is worked out taking into account all of the supported housing that Bromford currently manage).
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A single person living in one our supported housing schemes for older people in the Cotswolds will have to find £106 every month to live in a one bedroom flat.
Our older people in Dudley will struggle even more if the cap comes in, they could have to find up to £262 per month.
We’ve looked at one of our schemes in Gloucester that is home to 10 young families. If the cap comes into effect families with young children and babies needing to live here, will have to find around £54 per month out of an already stretched budget.
Our supported housing scheme in Wallingford, South Oxfordshire has 10 homes for people living with autism. Many of the people living here are under 35 years of age and as such the LHA rate for a shared room would be applied. That means that this vulnerable group would be expected to find a massive £384 per month under the new rules.
We have 133 homes in Lichfield where our customers, with the help of support, live independent lives. These vulnerable people would have to pay up to £225 per month if the LHA cap is implemented as proposed.
One of our schemes in Banbury, Oxfordshire contains 12 homes which people with learning disabilities call home. Where the people living here are under 35 years of age, the shared room rate would apply – this means that they would need to pay up to £290 per month to live in this supported accommodation.