Response to Government announcement that Local Housing Allowance cap plans will not go ahead

We welcome this announcement which follows the concerns expressed by so many in the sector – including ourselves – about the potential consequences of capping housing benefit in the social housing sector at the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for residents, particularly for vulnerable people living in sheltered and supported housing.

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We now await the full details of the funding proposals for supported housing next week and will continue to emphasise the need for a solution which ensures the sustainability of supported and specialist housing services, providing homes for those in greatest need.

- Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive, Stonewater