We need to talk about… Supported housing funding

Imagine if your employer told you that, following a review, they were going to make your terms and conditions of employment discretionary. Of course, they’d reassure you, we intend ring fence a pot of money exclusively for staff salaries – but they couldn’t give you any guarantees as to whether it would increase in future….



The supported housing sector deserves better

When Theresa May announced that the policy of capping housing benefit payments to LHA rates for supported housing was being abandoned, everyone assumed that the disaster facing the sector had been averted. Mrs May indicated that she wanted a new policy, one that would give supported housing providers the financial security they needed. It was…



The future of supported housing? It’s déjà vu all over again

There is a saying that you if you stay working at one place for long enough then sooner or later all the old systems that were swept away for being old-fashioned and inefficient will eventually be reintroduced as cutting-edge and ‘the way of the future’. Well I’ve been working in supported housing for twenty-five years…



We need to talk about… Mental health

Today (October 10th) is World Mental Health Day. It also marks the launch of a national and international YMCA campaign to help end the stigma around young people’s mental health – #IAMWHOLE. #IAMWHOLE 2017 is being fronted by rock band, Nothing But Thieves – who have recorded an exclusive version of the title track from…



We need to talk about… Housing benefit stigma

Do you rent your home from a private landlord? Plenty of people do: 4.5m households, in fact. Indeed between 2002 and 2016, the private rented sector doubled in size – from 10% of households, to 20%[i]. In contrast, the social rented sector has nearly halved over the same period , from 31% in 2002, to…