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Supported Housing Schemes

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to increase the number of supported housing schemes for people with learning disabilities. (82412)

Through the Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Programme, the Government fund a range of sheltered and supported accommodation accessible by people with learning difficulties, while the Corporation’s HomeBuy scheme can help people with disabilities into sustainable home ownership.

A Government objective, laid out in the White Paper “Valuing People: A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century”, is to enable people with learning disabilities and their families to have greater choice and control over where, and how they live. Through the Supporting People programme, the Government enable provision of a wide variety of services which help people with learning difficulties to live independently; some of which are sheltered or supported housing schemes, while others are ‘floating’ schemes which allow people the choice of receiving support in their own home.