Supported Housing: Benefit

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:26 pm on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention 1:26 pm, 20th July 2016

With respect, I must point out that Government decisions should be based on evidence. Before embarking on a plan and a policy, it would be sensible to look at the evidence objectively and scientifically. If the hon. Lady wants expert opinion, I am happy to give her that and to quote the chief executive of the National Housing Federation, David Orr, who met the then Housing Minister on 18 December last year. He said—this is an expert in the field—that the impact of the local housing allowance cap will be

“stark and make it extremely difficult for any housing associations to develop new supported housing.”

He also said:

“providers across the country will be forced to close schemes.”

There is plenty of evidence of that, and I am sure that Members on both sides of the House have had representations from housing associations and housing providers.