The end for social housing?

In November the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced the decision to cap housing benefit for thousands of vulnerable people in the UK.

Thursday, 28th January 2016, 6:06 am
Updated Thursday, 28th January 2016, 6:09 am
Social housing

If applied, the Local Housing Allowance cap will have a devastating effect on housing for the elderly, homeless veterans, victims of domestic violence and countless others.

According to the National Housing Federation, this change would mean that vulnerable people would lose an average of £86 a week in housing benefit, and at least 82,000 homes for these groups of people would be forced to close.

We estimate that this figure is considerably higher.

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For South Yorkshire Housing Association this means that we have to re-consider the future of the local supported housing we offer.

I’d like to urge you to join us in calling on the Government to clarify its position on the Local Housing Allowance cap ahead of the debate in the House of Commons today.

Without this decision being overturned this could spell the end for social housing as we know it in the UK.

Tony Stacey

Chief executive, South Yorkshire Housing Association