Stonewater welcomes Government decision to defer LHA supported housing rate

“The decision to defer the application of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate on supported housing to 2019/20 is welcome, as is the change to under 35s and the commitment to ring-fence additional funding...

This sector is already under immense pressure and recent uncertainty has made it difficult for housing associations and other providers to make positive plans for the future. Today's announcement will go some way towards alleviating that but we are still challenged by the proposed rent reduction and would like to see further clarity beyond 2020, particularly in relation to how funding will be administered. With an ageing population and some of the most vulnerable in our society already impacted by policy reform and budget cuts, we are keen to contribute to a sustainable solution to the crisis affecting the supported housing sector.”

* Sue Shirt, Stonewater Executive Director for Housing