Rethink Mental Illness responds to Government decision to drop disastrous reforms of supported housing
Rethink Mental Illness responds to Government decision to drop disastrous proposed reforms of supported housing funding and keep it in the benefits system.
Mark Winstanley, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness said:
“We’re hugely relieved that the Government has listened to Rethink Mental Illness’ campaign, alongside widespread outcry from the sector as a whole, and dropped its harmful plans for supported housing funding. Supported housing will now continue to be paid for through the benefits system and will remain outside Universal Credit.
"This will give the tens of thousands of people who live in supported housing much needed reassurance that their homes are safe from cuts and closure.
"A survey by Rethink Mental Illness of people who work in supported housing services for people with mental illness revealed that 84% believed their service would have been in danger of closure if these new proposals went through.
"Supporting people living with mental illness isn’t just about providing services when they are at their most unwell, but also ensuring that they have the support they need to thrive in the community and stay well. Having a place to call home is central to this.
“We are ready to work with the Government to make sure that high quality supported housing is available for all those who need it"