Cost of paperwork hits housing groups

    Three of the largest sheltered housing providers are to lobby
    government to tackle the growing cost of Supporting People
    bureaucracy.

    Anchor Trust, Hanover Housing Association and Housing 21 met
    last week to discuss the mounting paperwork that they believe is
    draining a “disproportionate” amount of resources.

    Sheltered housing providers often receive less Supporting People
    funding per person than other providers of housing-related support
    but have the same administration costs.

    A spokesperson for Hanover said the three felt support to their
    residents might have to be reduced because of the “increased
    administrative burden” from Supporting People at housing estate and
    organisational level, and that funding cuts were adding to this
    pressure.

    John Belcher, chief executive of Anchor Trust, said the three
    organisations hoped to work effectively with the government in
    order to address their concerns.

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