11 May 2023
With the National Housing Federation, Homeless Link and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) we have co-signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay MP to warn of the consequences of government’s decision to cut its promised £300 million Housing Transformation Fund.
The Fund was highlighted by the government in its Social Care White Paper as part of its commitment to take a strategic approach to supported housing and to make “every decision about care a decision about housing”. Without it, new supported housing schemes that vulnerable groups urgently need will be undermined, at a time when demand for supported housing is expected to increase significantly.
The letter expresses the cohort’s concerns, asks the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to confirm what practical steps the government is proposing to take to increase the supply of supported and retirement housing in the absence of new funding, and requests a meeting to discuss further.
Head of policy and external affairs, Rachael Williamson, said “The government’s decision to cut promised funding represents a lost opportunity to deliver on much needed supported housing provision - the right housing has significant benefits for health, wellbeing and independent living. We urgently need more supported housing as part of a long-term plan to meet housing need.”