MPs criticise lack of secure funding

    The government was bracing itself for further criticism this week
    over its funding of the Supporting People programme.

    In a report due to be published this week a parliamentary select
    committee looked set to attack the government for not giving
    sheltered housing and hostel projects secure funding through
    Supporting People.

    Committee chair Andrew Bennett MP pointed out that providers needed
    at least five-years’ guaranteed funding to invest in capital – more
    than the three-years’ funding that had been pledged.

    “The Housing Corporation has said ‘here’s some money’ to hostel
    providers and they have said ‘we can’t do it because of the
    uncertainty about Supporting People’,” Bennett said.

    Regeneration minister Lord Rooker insisted there was “no way we are
    going to be pulling the rug from under them [projects meeting an
    important social need]”. But he did admit that Supporting People
    had been implemented with insufficient “financial finesse”, with
    some local authorities being overfunded and others
    underfunded.

    London homelessness charity Broadway has already warned it could be
    forced to make redundancies as Supporting People cuts bite.
    In a letter to staff seen by Community Care, chief executive Howard
    Sinclair warned that it was “inevitable” that some of the cuts to
    the Supporting People pot announced for the following two years
    would be passed on to the charity.

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