Results 1–20 of 440 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Peter Aldous

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I beg to move, That this House has considered future funding of supported housing. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I am pleased to have secured this debate, which comes at an appropriate time, ahead of the Government’s publication of their response to the consultation that finished in February. I am aware that many colleagues want to take part in this...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: The hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) refers to the joint Select Committee report, which I will address in some length. It is part of the valuable work that Parliament has done.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: The three charities that my hon. Friend mentions have made that point to me. It is well made.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I agree. I hope to get to that point later.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I will take one more intervention.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: There is a need for the Government to come forward with their proposals and plans. My point is that Government, Parliament and the sector, working together, all have a role in addressing this problem. Let me move on. The vital role that supported housing plays is recognised by all, as is the need for a sustainable long-term solution, not a short-term sticking plaster. This is not a...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I hope I can answer the hon. Lady’s question straight away. Two concerns have been expressed to me about these proposals. First, is a one-size-fits-all LHA rate an appropriate starting point for a new funding mechanism? Secondly, providers are concerned that discretionary local top-ups do not provide the long-term stability needed for investment in new facilities.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: The right hon. Gentleman is spot on. There is a real worry that if we do not get this right, we will be creating a postcode lottery. The Communities and Local Government Committee and the Work and Pensions Committee published a unanimous joint report on 1 May in which they made three recommendations to complement the Government’s proposals. For the sake of timeliness, I will not...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I was not aware of that, but it illustrates the concern that if we do not get this right, we could have a postcode lottery.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: The hon. Gentleman is stealing my thunder, because I will come to that point in my recommendations, but I accept that he has done the hard graft and I am just a mouthpiece. In the month before this debate, I received many representations that confirmed not only a willingness to engage with Government and Parliament but a worry that the proposals in their current form do not achieve their...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. One Housing, a major provider of affordable housing in London and the south-east, is extremely concerned about the plan for a cap on the housing benefit to the level of the local housing allowance. It believes that it will have a dramatic impact on older people’s housing with care schemes and could reduce new supply. The Home Group, which is active...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I thank the hon. Member for that intervention. It is quite clear from the feedback from organisations around the country such as Riverside—I have met Riverside staff—that there are serious problems.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I agree with that point and I also thank my hon. Friend, because I am aware that he played a key role in the report from the joint Select Committees. The Associated Retired Community Operators, which is the main trade body representing the retirement community sector, has also expressed concerns.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. A lot of my emphasis has been on what is happening in England, but it is important that we remember the requirements of the devolved national Administrations; his point is well made in that respect. Leonard Cheshire Disability has also expressed a concern to me. Rethink Mental Illness and Mencap have similar concerns. They highlight the...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. It is quite clear from the research I have done that there are significant funding gaps. In fact, the YMCA, which is the largest charitable provider of supported housing for younger people, estimates that under the current arrangements there will be only 65% of the total funding that currently goes towards providing its10,000 beds, which would...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I thank the hon. Member for that intervention; she is illustrating that this is a nationwide problem.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I am conscious that my colleague to my right, my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge), wishes to intervene. I will allow him to intervene and then I will give way again to the hon. Gentleman.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention; his points are well made.

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Peter Aldous: I am grateful, Sir Edward, for that timely advice. I will now move on to my three suggestions for ways forward. My first proposal is that the Government should give full and serious consideration to adopting the recommendations made by the Communities and Local Government and the Work and Pensions joint Select Committee; it has made its case well. Under the auspices of Lord Best, Housing and...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Peter Aldous: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I congratulate the hon. Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin) on securing the debate. He is the right person to lead it, because of his distinguished career before he entered this place as the principal of a further education college. The years from 16 to 19 are of critical importance in everyone’s life; they are the transition...


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