On 25th October the Prime Minister announced that the Westminster Government has abandoned it plan to introduce the Local Housing Allowance cap to supported housing or any social rented housing. This is very welcome news and is something that the Housing Support Enabling Unit has been calling for since the plan to introduce the cap first emerged two years ago. It is heartening that the concerns of the supported housing sector have been listened to.
Further detail about how supported housing will be dealt with by the benefits system in future is due to be launched very soon as the Government sets out its response to a consultation it held at the beginning of the year. At this stage we can assume that there will be changes to the benefits system for supported housing tenants but at least benefit levels for supported housing will not be restricted on the basis of a fundamentally flawed approach.