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All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing, the government has announced.

Published 9 August 2018

From:

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions, Kit Malthouse MP, and Justin Tomlinson

Ministers recognise that supported housing is a vital service for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, and last year consulted on possible alternative funding options.

Having listened to views from providers, stakeholders and councils, the government has decided housing benefit will remain in place to fund this accommodation.

Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP, said:

Protection of the most vulnerable has always been our primary concern, and following our consultation, the case for keeping supported housing in the welfare system became clear.

The sector also recognised that our aim of improving the quality of homes must be addressed, and we look forward to now working with partners to make sure we have strong measures in place.

Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, said:

We are committed to ensuring that vulnerable people have access to the supported housing they need to live safely and independently.

We value the expertise of stakeholders and have listened carefully to their concerns during the consultation.

As a result we will continue to pay housing benefit for all supported housing –making sure safe homes are provided for those that need it most.

Alongside this, government has also today announced that it will work with providers, local authorities, membership bodies and resident representatives over the coming months to develop a robust oversight regime.

This work will ensure quality and value for money across the whole supported housing sector.

In addition, a review of housing related support will be undertaken to better understand how housing and support currently fit together.

Funding to help tackle rough sleeping in West Suffolk

By Newsdesk Bury

- news@buryfreepress.co.uk

Published: 12:46, 12 June 2018

| Updated: 12:48, 12 June 2018

West Suffolk House. Picture: Mark Westley. (2171090)

A move to help rough sleepers off the streets in Bury St Edmunds has received a £250,000 boost from central Government.

West Suffolk Councils successfully bid for £245,782 towards initiatives to support people who are homeless.

Currently there are an estimated 29 rough sleepers across the councils with 22 located in Bury itself.

The money is part of a £30 million national fund awarded to councils that have a high number of rough sleepers.

Last year the council appointed Rhys Walters as rough sleeper prevention and support officer.

The two councils Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury are aiming for a holistic approach to the problem and to offer people ongoing support once they have a roof over their head.

The money will be used to add five more outreach worker posts to the the existing outreach team of three which includes Mr Walters.

The bid is supported by a range of partner agencies working with West Suffolk. These include Home Group, Notting Hill Genesis, Turning Point, Anglia Care Trust, Cambridge Pringle Group, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, Havebury Housing, YMCA, Riverside Housing, Suffolk County Council and the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

Cllr Sarah Mildmay-White, West Suffolk cabinet member for housing, said: "Our bid was so successful because we have taken a holistic approach to this, working together with partners and looking at not only ways of helping people off the streets and into a home but then helping them stay there."


FEB 2018

CPG team at Costa for time to change (talk) day. Pop in for a cuppa and chat

Time to Talk day! Join us in various places to help us break down the stigma on mental health.

Elaine the Life link worker and Karen and Dan from One Haverhill will be at the Arts Centre cafe from 10 til 1, Sharon Michelle will be at Chex and I will be joining the Cambridge Pringle Group in Costa from 12-3. Pop along and show your support- Haverhill Mental Health and Well-being needs a voice! It’s time to be heard!!

If you can’t make tomorrow Open space will be in the Library on Friday from 12:30 til 2:30.

2018 Rental Figures for 2018/9 Year

Overall Increase of 1.449%

All Shared Rooms £173.99 per week (same figure as in 2010)- Cem lodge + £44 week Lease Fee

All Personal Contributions (service charge) £8 week - 217 Annex £10 week

Flats / Houses £218.62 Week.

January 2018

Latest issue of Cambridge Sub region Housing Market Bulletin.

https://cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/file/3558/download

January 2018 Nearly There! New Property In Haverhill.

Staff are in, now waiting for the soft furnishings and residents!

The 6 bed property is the latest addition to the other 4 houses, this brings the total bed spaces to 21.

"Rowans" will be the intake house allowing assessment and getting to know the CPG staff, once settled residents are suitably moved to one of our other long term properties (or outside CPG if more appropriate).