Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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Certainty needed on future of supported housing

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Today I questioned the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Sajid Javid MP on the need for clarity on how the extra costs of supported housing will be covered in the future.

Supported housing landlords are saying they’re delaying decisions about future developments due to the uncertainty of how supported accommodation costs will be paid for in the future. We need certainty now from the UK Government, and commitments that Wales will not see a cut in funding through the back door.

Wales has a greater reliance on supported housing so it should be fully exempt from the cap or receive the funding to match demand.

Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru, has said:

“There are 38,500 units of supported accommodation in Wales, helping to support a wide range of families to live independently, including thousands of older people, people fleeing domestic abuse, and people with learning difficulties. As the ageing population grows, the need for supported accommodation will increase, but uncertainty over the future funding model is a cause for concern for landlords.

"It is vital that the UK Government brings forward a funding model that provides long term certainty to ensure existing schemes can continue supporting people and new schemes can continue to be brought forward across the UK”.

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