‘Unpopular’ groups are being excluded.

    Housing associations are “covertly excluding some vulnerable
    groups” as part of their policies, the Audit Commission has
    revealed.

    Supporting People inspection co-ordinator Domini Gunn said: “There
    is evidence of unpopular groups, such as ex-offenders, young people
    with chaotic lifestyles, being excluded from housing associations.
    If this is an emerging practice we need to do something about it,”
    she said.

    The findings were highlighted by research into Supporting
    People.

    Other findings included lack of shared understanding and engagement
    between organisations, with the voluntary sector and specialist
    providers feeling like “poor relations”, Gunn said.

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