Sarah Champion MP comments on protecting the long-term future and funding of supported housing.

I am pleased that the Prime Minister bowed under massive pressure from Labour and announced today that the Government will no longer cap housing benefit for social and supported housing tenants at the local housing allowance rate.

As John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, said, “the Government has given ground, but the devil will be in the detail – and the funding”.

The reason this is such an important issue is supported housing includes homelessness ...hostels, sheltered housing, specialist accommodation for veterans, and refuges for victims of domestic violence.

Rush House in Rotherham is one of those services. Rush House offer a safety net to young people when they are at their most vulnerable and plays a vital role in helping them get their lives back on track.

Young people that go to Rush House might be struggling with drug and alcohol use. Some have mental health conditions. Others are victims of abuse or sexual exploitation.

Funding cuts recently forced Rush House to stop offering supported accommodation to young people, though they still offer support and guidance around housing, education, training and employment.

The Tories must understand the consequences of their actions.

Without services like Rush House there would be nowhere for vulnerable young people to go. No more support for those that need it most. No safety net.

Labour will continue to press the Government to protect the long-term future and funding of supported housing.

More information about Rush House: http://rushhouse.co.uk/

Matthew Trueman