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Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st May 2019.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the number of people with mental health problems on social housing waiting lists.

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

Local authorities are required by law to ensure that ‘reasonable preference’ (ie priority) for social housing is given to those who need to move on medical and welfare grounds, including grounds relating to a disability. Statutory allocations guidance makes clear that this would include a mental illness or disorder.

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