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Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts and Heritage)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on ensuring that the social housing system helps people with mental health conditions.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Ministers and officials from my department have regular discussions with our counterparts in the Department of Health and Social Care to discuss a range of issues, including mental health.

The Social Housing Green Paper recognises that many landlords play a role that goes beyond their key responsibilities, which includes providing signposting to vital services, including mental health services. Through the Green Paper, we are seeking to gather evidence on the impact of the important role that many social landlords are playing.

Within social housing and more widely, supported housing provides a vital service for vulnerable people, including people with mental health issues. Safeguarding provision and supply of appropriate supported accommodation is a priority for my Department - and we will continue to provide capital grant funding to promote new supply of supported housing. Our recent announcement confirming that funding for all supported housing will stay in Housing Benefit, will also give confidence to the sector to continue to invest in new supply. We are also reviewing oversight arrangements for all supported housing. As a Government, we are investing record levels in mental health, spending £11.98 billion in 2017/18.

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