Local Housing Allowance update

This week Theresa May confirmed at Prime Minister’s Questions that the government was abandoning its plan to apply the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing, including Salvation Army Lifehouses.

Applying the LHA cap could have jeopardised the future of many of our Lifehouses, which is why, alongside others in the supported housing sector, The Salvation Army has campaigned tirelessly to try and convince the government to change its mind.

As part of this effort, we have met with close to 100 MPs to discuss our concerns, whilst managers of Lifehouses, Salvationists and supporters have also written to their MPs urging them to raise the issue in Parliament. Working with Frontier Economics, we published a detailed analysis of how the LHA cap would affect our services; we used our website, relationships with the press and contacted donors to raise as much awareness as possible.

An Opposition Day Debate was held in the House of Commons, at which MPs named The Salvation Army and our report finding. This was covered by BBC Parliament, while the Stroud News & Journal featured an opinion piece by Labour MP David Drew who said: “I have been working for some months with representatives of the Salvation Army who came to me very worried about the government’s proposals for supported living.”

A number of MPs have also tweeted their support, including Conservative MP Mark Prisk (https://twitter.com/PriskMark) and Labour MP Susan Elan Jones (https://twitter.com/susanelanjones).

The government is due to publish the full details of its new approach on 31 October. Following on from this week’s announcement, it is vital they introduce an appropriate funding model that protects the long term futures of both residents and services.

Source: SA Media Mail Drop 27/10

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