MPs call for the introduction of a new ‘Supported Housing Allowance’ : Welfare Weekly

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Report argues it is inappropriate to use the Local Housing Allowance rate and calls for a new ‘Supported Housing Allowance’ instead.

MPs have called on the government to scrap plans to base rent allowances for supported housing tenants on rates used for claimants in the private rented sector and introduce a new Supported Housing Allowance.

The Communities and Local Government Committee, together with the Work and Pensions Select Committee, argues it is inappropriate to use the Local Housing Allowance rate and recommends that a new ‘Supported Housing Allowance’, banded to reflect the actual cost of provision in the sector, should be introduced instead.

In a new report published this week, the Committee also suggests a separate funding system for women’s refuges and calls on the government to work with providers and women’s charities in devising it.

Richard Graham MP, Co-Chair of the inquiry and member of the Work and Pensions Committee, said: “Supported…

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