Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with mental health issues receive support to access social housing.

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

The Regulator of Social Housing’s tenancy standard requires registered providers to develop and deliver allocations processes in a way which supports their effective use by the full range of actual and potential tenants, including those with support needs.

In the Social Housing Green Paper we set out our intention to undertake an evidence collection exercise to help us understand how the allocations system is working and whether it is striking the right balance between fairness, support and aspiration. The Social Housing Green Paper also recognises that many landlords play a role that goes beyond their key responsibilities, which includes providing signposting to vital services such as mental health services. Through the Green Paper, we sought to gather evidence on the impact of the important role that many social landlords are playing. We are considering responses to the Green Paper and will respond in Spring 2019.

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 August 2018 announcement confirming that funding for all supported housing is staying in Housing Benefit will have given increased 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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