The Scottish Government has announced plans to protect the housing needs of older and vulnerable people, and provide funding certainty for supported accommodation, encouraging long-term investment and new supply.
The supported housing sector support provides homes for older renters and other vulnerable groups such as people with learning disabilities, mental ill health, homeless people and victims of domestic abuse.
The announcement stated that all long-term housing will remain in the welfare system and a proposed ‘sheltered rent’ for sheltered and extra care housing will keep rent and service charge at an appropriate level.
A ring-fenced grant will also be available to local authorities to help provide short-term and emergency housing by April 2020, and enable local councils to have a greater role in providing the right services for their local areas. This funding will allow vulnerable people to access secure accommodation without worrying about meeting housing costs at a difficult point in their lives. The grant will be underpinned by a National Statement of Expectation setting out how local authorities should plan effectively for provision in their area.
Local Government Minister Marcus Jones said:
“This government is committed to boosting the supply of new homes, and helping people to live independently and with dignity for as long as possible. This is why we are giving the supported housing sector the certainty of funding they need to get building new homes.
“These reforms will deliver quality and value for money, funding certainty for the sector and give local areas a greater role in commissioning services.”